Debevoise wins case for Guantanamo detainee
Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a writ of habeas corpus and ordered the US government to take all necessary steps to release Ibrahim Idris from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. It was the first habeas grant to a Guantanamo detainee by the District Court since 2010. Idris is a pro bono client of Debevoise & Plimpton.
Idris has been held at Guantanamo since 2002 and Debevoise has represented him since 2005. He was cleared for release in 2009 but barred by statute from returning home to Sudan. He is extremely ill, suffering from schizophrenia, diabetes and several other health issues.
In June 2013, Debevoise filed a motion for judgment on a novel argument, contending that under domestic law and the principles of international law, severely ill detainees must be repatriated.
On 2 October 2013, the government told the court it would not oppose the motion and withdrew all of its allegations against Idris.
The government is required to provide Congress with 30 days’ notice prior to releasing a Guantanamo detainee, after which there should be no barrier to Idris’s release.
The Debevoise team was led by counsel Jennifer R Cowan and includes associates Rushmi Bhaskaran, Nwamaka Ejebe, Michael T Leigh and J Nicole Stankewicz.
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