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2008-07-17 21:00:11

WASHINGTON _ A historic war crimes trial targeting Osama bin Laden's former driver is now set to start Monday at a remote site in Cuba, following a federal judge's ruling Thursday. After a two-hour hearing, U.S. District Judge James Robertson declined Yemeni native Salim Hamdan's request to delay the trial, to be held at a heavily guarded U.S. military facility near Guantanamo Bay. Hamdan had challenged the trial, claiming he was being treated unconstitutionally. "His claims of...

2008-07-17 18:00:11

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft told a congressional committee Thursday that he does not believe waterboarding is torture. Ashcroft testified before the House Judiciary Committee, CNN reported. The committee is holding hearings on whether the Bush administration permitted torture to be used on suspected terrorists. I believe a report of waterboarding would be serious, but I do not believe it would define torture, Ashcroft said. Ashcroft said that as far as he knows U.S....

2008-07-17 18:00:11

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Osama bin Laden's former driver should be tried by a military tribunal before he appeals the court's constitutionality. U.S. District Judge James Robertson refused to grant Salim Hamdan a delay in his trial, The New York Times reported. Hamdan, an alleged member of al-Qaida and unlawful enemy combatant, is to be the first defendant held in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be tried. Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld was the landmark case in which the...

2008-07-17 15:00:11

WASHINGTON _ A federal judge gave a green light Thursday afternoon to a military commission trial set to begin Monday in Cuba for Osama bin Laden's former driver. After a two-hour hearing, U.S. District Judge James Robertson declined Yemeni native Salim Hamdan's request to delay the trial, to be held at the prison in Guantanamo Bay. Hamdan had challenged the trial, claiming that he was being treated unconstitutionally. "His claims of unlawfulness are all claims that should first be decided...

2008-07-17 09:00:11

By William Glaberson Salim Hamdan moved slowly to the witness chair. A former driver for Osama bin Laden, Hamdan is scheduled to become next week the first detainee to go on trial at Guantanamo and the first person in decades to face a U.S. war crimes trial. Fluke and circumstance brought him, and not bin Laden, to Guantanamo to answer for Al Qaeda. So Hamdan, with his bad back and his deep brown eyes, took the stand Tuesday at a pretrial hearing and described the everyday details of...

2006-08-25 07:47:08

BREMEN, Germany (Reuters) - A Turk with German residency held at the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay for more than four years was kept blindfolded and in chains on his flight home in a U.S. plane, his lawyer said on Friday. "The Americans are incorrigible, they have not learned a thing. He was returned home in chains, humiliated and dishonored to the very end by the Americans," lawyer Bernhard Docke said. "It was a giant American transport aircraft and he was alone in it with 15 U.S....

2006-08-08 12:22:44

By Matthew Bigg RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - A CIA contractor accused of beating an Afghan prisoner so badly that he later died told a colleague afterward that he had kicked the detainee in the groin, a prosecution witness told a federal court on Tuesday. David Passaro, a former Special Forces medic who worked under contract with the CIA, is the first civilian to be charged with abusing a detainee in the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a case that raises questions...

2006-08-02 17:43:52

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Wednesday said it would be willing to use much of the military justice code to try foreign terrorism suspects, but Democrats said its plan still fell short of meeting the U.S. Supreme Court's demands for fair trials. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the administration was still drafting its plan, but that it would propose trying enemy combatants based on military court martial procedures -- although with a number...

2006-07-26 07:33:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has drafted legislation covering trials of terror detainees that would allow hearsay evidence and let defendants be excluded from trials to protect national security, The New York Times reported in Wednesday's edition. The Times said a draft of the proposal was being circulated within the administration and among military lawyers at the Pentagon. The present draft preserves the idea of using military commissions to prosecute terror suspects and...

2006-07-25 22:46:16

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has drafted legislation covering trials of terror detainees that would allow hearsay evidence and let defendants be excluded from trials to protect national security, The New York Times reported in Wednesday's edition. The Times said a draft of the proposal was being circulated within the administration and among military lawyers at the Pentagon. The present draft preserves the idea of using military commissions to prosecute terror suspects and...


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