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On Dec. 5, counsel for Guantanamo detainee Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court. Al-Alwi is a Yemeni citizen who was captured in Pakistan in 2001 and has been detained at Guantanamo Bay since 2002.
Al-Alwi disputes his classification as an enemy combatant and argues that the U.S. government lacks the authority to detain him under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. Both the district and circuit courts denied al-Alwi’s habeas petition. His petition for certiorari and the accompanying appendix are available in full below: