US court dismisses Uighurs’ appeal


The US supreme court has refused to rule on whether judges have the power to order the government to release Guantanamo prisoners to live in the US, when no other country will take them. The court said on Monday that it would not decide on an appeal by seven Chinese Uighurs held for years at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, because they had received at least one offer to go to another country. Without ruling on the issues at the heart of the appeal, the country’s highest court sent the case back to an appeals court to decide what further proceedings are now “necessary and appropriate for the full and prompt disposition of the case in light of the new developments”.