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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  • by Randy Location: Martin on Jan 21, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    If they close Gitmo, then they should put one detainee in each congressman district who wanted Gitmo closed.
  • by Willa Location: Richmond on Jan 21, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    Torture is against the constitution and also against all treaties signed including the Geneva convention treaty.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 21, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    Maybe we can put up a home for them to stay next to Connie in Lexington...like the one for those convicted sexual predators.
  • by Connie Location: lexington on Jan 21, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    Bush and torture are history--thank God.

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