Court Won't Hear Arguments Over 'Enemy Combatant'

July 22, 2011 - 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeal court won't force the U.S. government to reconsider the enemy combatant designation of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The U.S Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld a decision throwing out the lawsuit of Nazul Gul and Adel Hamad. They were held for several years at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay before being released to Afghanistan and Sudan in 2007.

The two say their designation as enemy combatants were never lifted, and it is now keeping them and more than 100 others from traveling freely, and also hurting their reputations.

But the appeals court says their complaints are now beyond the court's jurisdiction. Federal officials stopped attaching any legal significance to the enemy combatant designation in 2009.