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US Seeks to Suspend Gitmo War Crimes Trials

Military judges will consider today whether to halt the Guantanamo war crimes trials.

The pretrial hearings this week could be the last court appearance for the high-profile detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Military judges will
consider today whether to halt the Guantanamo war crimes trials.
President Barack Obama ordered prosecutors to request a 120-day
suspension during a review of the system used to try suspected
terrorists.
The motion was filed at the direction of Obama and Defense
Secretary Robert Gates. It says a suspension of at least 120 days
is necessary for the Sept. 11 case and all other pending cases
because the review may result in significant changes to the system.
Human rights groups are welcoming what appears to be the looming
end of the special tribunals. The international director of Human
Rights First calls it "a great first step but it is only a first
step."


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