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Gov’t says court can dismiss detainee case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration is suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court dismiss a case that tests whether a federal judge can order Guantanamo Bay detainees released in the United States.

The move follows Switzerland’s decision to accept two detained Chinese Muslim brothers, one of whom had been cleared for release but had no place to go.

The administration said in papers filed Friday the court either should dismiss the case or uphold an appeals court that ruled judges lack the power to order detainees released in this country. It argues that all seven Chinese Muslims, or Uighurs, at the U.S. naval base in Cuba now have been offered a place to live. The Pacific island nation of Palau has invited the other five.