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Judge considers fate of young Gitmo detainee

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge is preparing to decide whether a young Guantanamo Bay detainee will go home to Afghanistan, or to the United States to face prosecution.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle hears arguments today in the case of Mohammed Jawad. He has been held for 6 1/2 years for allegedly wounding two U.S. soldiers and their interpreter by throwing a grenade at their jeep in Afghanistan.

It's unclear whether he was 17 at the time of his arrest -- or as young as 12.

Government attorneys have said in court filings they're prepared to release Jawad, but they didn't specify where he would go next. Prosecutors are trying to build a criminal case against Jawad. But in the meantime they also are preparing for the possibility they cannot get a grand jury indictment or that the judge will order his release.

The judge has let it be known she's impatient with the way the Obama administration has handled Jawad. In the last hearing earlier this month, she called the government's case an "outrage" that's "full of holes."


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