- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from Guantanamo detainees who fear they may be tortured or jailed if they are released from the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

The justices on Monday rejected a plea from dozens of detainees who say they should have 30 days’ advance notice to challenge their transfer to countries where they have a reasonable fear of torture or even continued confinement.

Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor voted to hear the appeal, two votes shy of the number needed. Justice Elena Kagan sat out because she worked on the case as a Justice Department lawyer.

The government says it has a policy not to send detainees anywhere they are likely to be tortured. Courts have ruled that the government’s word is sufficient.

The case initially included Canadian Omar Khadr, but he since has pleaded guilty to war crimes and been sentenced to eight years in prison.

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