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Judge denies Afghan man’s bid to fight detention

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge has turned down an Afghan man’s plea to challenge his confinement at a U.S. air base in Afghanistan.

U.S. District Judge James S. Gwin ruled Tuesday he lacks jurisdiction to hear the case.

Zia-ur-Rahman says in court papers he’s been detained at Bagram Airfield since 2008, when the U.S. military captured him during a raid on his home.

Zia-ur-Rahman sought to challenge what he called his “illegal arrest and detention” in U.S. courts.

Gwin said a 2010 federal appeals court decision denied that right to three foreigners detained at Bagram in a case “nearly identical” to Zia-ur-Rahman’s. In that case, the court ruled that detainees at Bagram can’t use U.S. courts to challenge their imprisonment the way detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have.

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