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The Center for Constitutional Rights voluntarily withdrew a lawsuit charging the government was wrongly holding 25 detainees in Afghanistan on Feb. 28, saying that the men in question were no longer in U.S. custody. “It appears that the detainees have been released,” says J. Wells Dixon, a lawyer with the center. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in September, alleged that the government was holding the prisoners incommunicado at Bagram Air Base and sought to challenge their prolonged detention, much like the petitions from Guant�namo Bay detainees. The suit also claimed that none of the individuals had been declared enemy combatants or had participated in hostilities against the United States. Dixon says the organization was confident the men were being held when it brought suit, but began further investigation after the government detailed in court filings in December that many of the prisoners had been released or were unidentifiable. Dixon says the center was able to confirm many of these examples, although he could not say why or when the detainees were released. He says the organization is continuing to track down the men and their families and will refile suit if they find anyone has been wrongfully imprisoned. A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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