WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied an emergency motion for relief filed by a Guantanamo Bay prisoner on a hunger strike, despite pleas from the man’s lawyer who says his client is dying.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled Monday that he didn’t have jurisdiction over the case. He pointed to a provision of the Military Commissions Act which bars judicial review of claims made by detained enemy combatants regarding their conditions of confinement.
The prisoner and others in the hunger strike originally claimed that they were being denied drinking water, and that temperatures in the prison had been kept at “extremely frigid” levels — which the government denied. But the claim was expanded to include the allegation that Guantanamo officials had shown “deliberate indifference” to the prisoners’ serious medical needs.