Definition of detainee
: a person held in custody especially for political reasons
Recent Examples of detainee from the Web
Meantime, the doctor in charge of detainee health said an MRI has yet to arrive on the base to perform a study on the brain of a war court defendant who was waterboarded and whose head was slammed into a wall years ago in CIA custody.
Military judges dismissed charges against a Guantanamo detainee accused of chauffeuring Osama bin Laden and another who allegedly killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.
The report concluded that interrogation techniques such as waterboarding did not elicit useful intelligence from detainees.
To comply with Judge Dean Whipple’s order, the county paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to farm out detainees to other county jails.
The month before, MI5 was criticized for not keeping track of a former detainee at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay who blew himself up at a military base in Iraq.
The detainees are bused from a detention center in Broadview, Ill.
Walden is being held at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, and was not at the city jail, where monitors are set up to allow detainees to appear on video monitors before judges in District Court.
Chinese officials deny killing detainees but say some have died in hunger strikes or from refusing medical help.
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DETAINEE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of detainee for English Language Learners
: a person who is being kept in a prison especially for political reasons : a person who is being detained
Legal Definition of detainee
: a person who is detained; especially : a person held in custody prior to trial or hearing
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