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Kansas' litigation over Gitmo detainee transfer dismissed

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By Marian Johns | Oct 31, 2018

TOPEKA — Litigation filed by the state of Kansas against the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) relating to the potential relocation of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the state's Fort Leavenworth prison has been dismissed, according to the Kansas Attorney General's Office. 

The litigation was dismissed following the DOD's compliance with a District Court order to produce less-redacted versions of several documents which were requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and related to the relocation of the terrorist detainees. Schmidt had filed a federal lawsuit in 2016 after the documents requested in his 2015 FOIA request had not been received. The production of the documents has been ongoing since September of 2016, the Attorney General's Office said. 

According to Schmidt, all the additional documents were released and the current administration has stated it does not have any intentions to move detainees from Guantanamo to the U.S. mainland. 

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