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Guantanamo trial collapses

Issue No. 2054

The US government faced further legal embarrassment on Monday of this week when a military judge threw out charges against two Guantanamo Bay detainees.

George Bush wants to use military tribunals against 380 detainees who are being held in legal limbo without trial or charge at the torture camp.

But the judge ruled that Omar Khadr from Canada and Salim Ahmed Hamdan from Yemen were “enemy combatants” rather than “unlawful enemy combatants” – and that consequently the tribunal had no power to try them.

Omar Khadr was just 15 years old when he was captured in Afghanistan. The US accuses him of killing a US soldier in 2002.


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Tue 5 Jun 2007, 19:11 BST
Issue No. 2054
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