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2006-03-01 16:16:06

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - A suspected bodyguard for Osama bin Laden demanded to represent himself at the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on Wednesday, saying no U.S. lawyer can defend him fairly because he is a member of al Qaeda. "I had no direct relationship with the events of September 11," Yemeni defendant Ali Hamza al Bahlul told a pretrial hearing at the tribunal. But "because I am from al Qaeda and my counsel is an American, therefore the...

2006-02-28 21:00:00

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - Confronting the defendants at the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals with the evidence against them will be like dragging vampires into the sunlight, the chief prosecutor said on Tuesday. Pretrial hearings had been scheduled to begin on Wednesday for three Guantanamo captives charged with conspiring with al Qaeda to attack civilians, commit murder and destroy property. One hearing was delayed at the request of the defendant's military...

2006-02-28 16:22:57

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - Confronting the defendants at the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals with the evidence against them will be like dragging vampires into the sunlight the chief prosecutor said on Tuesday. The cases of two Guantanamo captives charged with conspiring with al Qaeda to attack civilians, commit murder and destroy property will begin pretrial hearings on Wednesday. A scheduled hearing for a third defendant was delayed at the request of...

2006-02-16 07:35:18

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday faced mounting international calls to close its Guantanamo prison camp with U.N. investigators saying detainees there faced treatment amounting to torture. In a 40-page report, which had been largely leaked, five United Nations special envoys said the United States was violating a host of human rights, including a ban on torture, arbitrary detention and the right to a fair trial. The report is likely to fuel new...

2006-01-24 04:23:21

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - A Swiss investigator said on Tuesday there was evidence of "outsourcing of torture" by the United States but he had not uncovered any irrefutable evidence that the CIA operated secret prisons in Europe. Dick Marty, a Swiss senator investigating the charges for the Council of Europe human rights watchdog, said it was "highly unlikely" that European governments were unaware of the abduction and transfer of prisoners. There was "a great deal of coherent,...

2006-01-19 11:59:55

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - The number of Guantanamo prisoners on a hunger strike to protest their detention has dropped to its lowest level since October, according to U.S. military officials, who said they are unsure why most of those involved have resumed eating. As of Wednesday night, 22 prisoners had refused at least nine consecutive meals and 17 of those were being fed through tubes inserted through the nose into their stomachs, according to...

2006-01-13 13:46:52

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - U.S. military officers ordered to defend accused war criminals at Guantanamo base in Cuba have joined the outcry of activists assailing the court system for human rights violations. "It was horrific to sit there and watch this happen," said Army Maj. Tom Fleener, who represented a Yemeni prisoner in pretrial hearings at Guantanamo this week. The nine Guantanamo prisoners charged so far are accused of conspiring with the...

2006-01-12 18:54:28

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to dismiss a challenge to President George W. Bush's power to create military tribunals to put Guantanamo prisoners on trial for war crimes. The administration's argument was based on a law signed by Bush on December 30 that limits the ability of Guantanamo prisoners caught in the president's war on terrorism to challenge their detentions in federal courts. Administration lawyers...

2006-01-12 15:50:52

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to dismiss an important case on whether President George W. Bush has the power to create military tribunals for Guantanamo prisoners because of a new law limiting court appeals by the detainees. Administration lawyers said the new law applied to the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni accused of being Osama bin Laden's bodyguard and driver. The Supreme Court had agreed to decide his challenge to...

2006-01-11 17:49:31

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - A Yemeni accused of being a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden went before a U.S. military tribunal on Wednesday and said he would boycott his war crimes trial because he did not recognize the tribunal's authority. Yemeni Ali Hamza al Bahlul, who has acknowledged that he is "from al Qaeda," is one of only nine Guantanamo prisoners charged with crimes. A separate tribunal also began on Wednesday for Canadian Omar Khadr, who...


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