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2006-05-19 05:52:36

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment of foreign terrorism detainees. It...

2006-05-19 04:44:01

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against torture told the United States on Friday it should close any secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment of foreign terrorism detainees. It...

2006-05-18 21:06:46

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - Only about one-fourth of the prisoners held at the Guantanamo naval base are interrogated regularly because there are not enough translators and interrogators to question them all, the U.S. admiral in charge of the detention operation said on Thursday. Rear Adm. Harry Harris, who at the end of March took command of the military task force that runs the camp, said the 460 captives at Guantanamo in Cuba were dangerous men who...

2006-05-17 17:22:08

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - Hearings this week for two Guantanamo war crimes defendants were canceled or cut short as their attorneys opted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the legitimacy of special military tribunals set up by the Bush administration. Uncertainty over the pending ruling has stymied prosecutors' efforts to complete the preliminary hearings, even as they face criticism for holding hundreds of prisoners at the U.S. military...

2006-05-16 22:31:57

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - More than four years after the U.S. military began sending captives to the Guantanamo prison camp, intelligence analysts at the base said on Tuesday they are still going through the prisoners' notebooks and papers to figure out exactly who they are. Some 120,000 items belonging to the detainees are stored in a low, metal building called the evidence locker, stacked in cardboard boxes and green metal lockers on shelves that...

2006-05-15 17:50:48

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday issued its most comprehensive accounting to date of detainees currently or formerly held at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects, naming 759 people and their nationalities. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chito Peppler, a Pentagon spokesman, said the list named "every single individual detained under DoD (Department of Defense) control" at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since the jail opened in January...

2006-05-12 16:28:28

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday suspended the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal of a Saudi prisoner until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules next month on the tribunals' legality. The Saudi captive, Ghassan al Sharbi, is one of 10 Guantanamo detainees charged with conspiracy to commit war crimes and the fourth to have his case delayed pending the Supreme Court ruling that is expected in June. He had been scheduled to appear before a tribunal for pretrial...

2006-05-10 12:23:28

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government's top legal adviser called on Wednesday for the closure of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, which he said had become a symbol of injustice. "The existence of Guantanamo Bay remains unacceptable. It is time, in my view, that it should close," Attorney General Peter Goldsmith said of the naval base in Cuba where up to 500 foreign terrorism suspects have been held. In the most outspoken criticism of Guantanamo yet by a senior...

2006-05-08 13:08:12

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has put on trial more than 100 armed forces' staff accused of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan and Iraq, twice the number asserted by rights groups, a U.S. official said on Monday. Defending U.S. policy before the United Nations' Committee against Torture, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Stimson said all allegations of mistreatment of detainees were investigated. Figures provided to the committee by U.S.-based...

2006-05-07 12:58:37

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said he would like to close the U.S.-run prison at Guantanamo Bay -- a step urged by several U.S. allies -- but was awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on how suspects held there might be tried. "Of course Guantanamo is a delicate issue for people. I would like to close the camp and put the prisoners on trial," Bush said in comments to German television to be broadcast on Sunday night. The interview was recorded last week....


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