Former POWs Urge Supreme Court to Hear U.S. Citizen Detainee’s Appeal

December 4, 2003
Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, December 3, 2003
Media Alert
Former U.S. prisoners of war, including Ambassador Douglas “Pete” Peterson, filed a friend-of-the-court brief today in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Yaser Hamdi’s challenge to his indefinite, incommunicado detention. Mr. Hamdi, a U.S. citizen, reportedly surrendered to the Northern Alliance in the fall of 2001 and was transferred to U.S. custody. In April 2002, he was sent to a military brig in Virginia, where he is being held without access to counsel or family. Because he has never met with a lawyer, his father filed this appeal on his behalf.