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EXCLUSIVE: Prof. Green, Human Rights Clinic, Join Action for Detainee

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Jennifer Green


On Oct. 6, 2010, Prof. Jennifer Green and the Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy Clinic joined the legal team filing a complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak Al Janko. Janko is asking for a jury trial and damages against U.S. Department of Defense officials for human rights violations and wrongful detention at Guantanamo Bay.

In December 2001, U.S. forces liberated Janko after two years of imprisonment and torture in Afghanistan, where he had been forced to give false confessions to being an American and Israeli spy. Janko offered to be a witness against the Taliban for human rights

violations. However, in a January 2002 press conference, U.S. officials showed a photo of Janko during a coerced confession and accused him of being an international terrorist. Janko was sent to Guantanamo Bay and detained there until October 2009 but was never charged for any crime.

His law team is bringing action for compensatory and punitive damages for his detention in violation of the law of nations under the Alien Tort Statute and also under the U.S. Constitution. “This case,” the complaint reads, “tests whether the United States in the 21st century retains the commitment the Founders of our country enacted into law in the 18th century.”