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Appeals court says Gitmo suicide suit not allowed

Appeals court rules that families cannot sue in US courts over Guantanamo detainee suicides By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' An appellate court says the families of two Guantanamo detainees who hung themselves in their cells cannot sue for damages in U.S. courts.

The families of the detainees claimed former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials were responsible for the deaths in 2006. They say the detainees died after being subject to arbitrary detention, torture, inhuman treatment, violations of the Geneva Conventions and cruel and unusual punishment.

But three conservative judges on the federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday that U.S. courts do not have authority to consider lawsuits related to treatment of detainees at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay. They say the Supreme Court has only given federal judges the authority to determine whether detainees are being properly held or should be released.

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