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Judge Orders Obama Administration To Release Young Gitmo Detainee

Federal Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle ordered the Obama Administration to release Mohammed Jawad, a youth who essentially grew up in Guantanamo after being seized by U.S. troops in Aghanistan.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports:

.... Jawad was in his early teens when Americans picked him up in Afghanistan.
During his seven years at Guantanamo he has grown five inches, according to his lawyers.

The Justice Department says it needs a week to finalize an agreement with the Afghan government about returning Jawad to his family in Afghanistan.

Then the Administration must give Congress two weeks' notice.

So Jawad could be home by August 21st at the earliest.

But the Attorney General has not ruled out indicting him, either.

Judge Huvelle urged against that.

She said there would be serious speedy trial problems, since he's been in custody for so long.

Huvelle said Jawad may not be competent to stand trial, since he was tortured.

He was originally accused of wounding American soldiers by throwing a grenade at them.

Huvelle told government lawyers, "enough has been imposed on this young man to date."