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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2007
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Statement of Justice Department Spokesman Erik Ablin
on Today’s Ruling in al Odah v. U.S.

"We are pleased with the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upholding the constitutionality of the Military Commissions Act (MCA) and dismissing the consolidated Guantanamo detainee cases for lack of jurisdiction. The decision reaffirms the validity of the framework that Congress established in the MCA permitting Guantanamo detainees to challenge their detention through combatant status review tribunals with the opportunity for judicial review before the D.C. Circuit."

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