ABD AL SATTAR v. BUSH et al
ORDER regarding direct contact with petitioner. Signed by Judge John D. Bates on 9/18/2009. (lcjdb2)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
MUIEEN ADEEN JAMAL ADEEN ABD AL FUSAL ABD AL SATTAR, Petitioner, v. BARACK H. OBAMA, et al., Respondents. Civil Action No. 08-1236 (JDB)
ORDER Upon consideration of the party's arguments during the telephonic conference of September 18, 2009, and the entire record herein, it is hereby ORDERED that respondents shall take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that counsel for petitioner is permitted a face-to-face visit with petitioner during counsel's visit to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base the week of September 21, 2009. Any other meetings with petitioner shall be governed by the normal procedures in place at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. It is further ORDERED that the meeting ordered above shall take place at a designated "meeting place," as that term is used in paragraph 6 of the declaration of Commander Don A. Martin (attached as Ex. 1 to Resps.' Opp. to Pet'r's Mot. for Direct Contact). It is further ORDERED that respondents shall inform petitioner of the following: "You have a meeting with Ms. Cleary and [name of translator]." If petitioner asks the purpose of the meeting or whom it is with, respondents shall decline to provide any information about the nature of the meeting or whom it is with. In any case, if petitioner refuses to attend the meeting either before or after he inquires about it, petitioner will not be forcibly extracted from his cell, or otherwise
compelled to attend the meeting. Petitioner instead will be permitted to forego the meeting and remain in his cell. Moreover, if respondents believe that petitioner may become violent during his face-to-face meeting with counsel, they shall take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that petitioner's counsel's safety is not endangered during the meeting with petitioner. It is further ORDERED that petitioner's counsel shall file a status report -- in writing and by not later than October 15, 2009 -- advising whether petitioner has agreed to representation and to pursue the present habeas petition. It is further ORDERED that this ORDER supercedes this Court's ORDER of September 2, 2009. SO ORDERED.
/s/ JOHN D. BATES United States District Judge Date: September 18, 2009
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