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2008-07-18 09:00:03

By Scott Shane and William Glaberson New York Times News Service WASHINGTON -- Court rulings on Thursday cleared the way for the first trial at the American detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, opened in 2002 to hold suspects captured in the campaign against terrorism. The trials have been delayed for years, in part by courts that found legal fault with the commissions created to try people designated by the government as "unlawful enemy combatants." The rulings in Washington and in...

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 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...

2008-07-17 03:00:08

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald Jul. 17--GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Early in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden's driver voluntarily led U.S. forces on a tour of al Qaeda turf, pointing out terror group safe houses, an FBI agent testified Wednesday. Later, as a captive here, driver Salim Hamdan helped agents draw maps of bin Laden's escape routes around Afghanistan at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks -- and picked bin Laden bodyguards out of a...

2008-07-16 15:00:00

By CHARMAINE NORONHA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TORONTO Burying his face in his hands, a 16-year-old captured in Afghanistan sobs and calls out "Oh, Mommy!" in a hidden-camera video released Tuesday that provides the first look at interrogations inside the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay. Lawyers for Toronto-born Omar Khadr released the tapes in hopes of generating sympathy for the young prisoner and to try to persuade the Canadian government to seek custody before he is prosecuted for...

2008-07-16 09:00:30

By Ian Austen Video recordings released Tuesday showing interrogations of the only Canadian held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba provide an unprecedented glimpse inside the compound. The mood of the detainee, Omar Khadr, just 16 years old at the time of the interrogations, in February 2003, swings from calm and indifference to rage and grief in the recordings, which were released by his lawyers. The video footage, which provides the most extensive videotaped images from...

2008-07-08 21:00:04

WASHINGTON _ A federal judge handling the appeals of more than 200 Guantanamo detainees vowed Tuesday to hold lawyers' "feet to the fire" to insure that the cases are handled as quickly as possible. In the first hearing held since a Supreme Court decision gave the detainees the right to challenge their imprisonment in court, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan said he recognized the unprecedented nature of the proceedings. But he warned both government and defense attorneys that he would be...

2008-07-01 06:00:02

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald Jul. 1--The Pentagon filed death-penalty charges against a Saudi man at Guantanamo on Monday, alleging he engineered the October 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole off Aden, Yemen. Seventeen U.S. sailors were killed and 47 other people were wounded in the al Qaeda attack that crippled the $1 billion destroyer four years after it was commissioned at Port Everglades. The 11-page charge sheet sworn out by a Marine major accused Abd al Rahim al...

2008-06-30 18:00:33

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald Jun. 30--The Pentagon Monday announced a proposed death penalty prosecution of a Saudi man at Guantanamo, alleging he organized the October 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole off Aden, Yemen, that killed 17 American sailors. The 11-page charge sheets, signed by a Marine major, accuse Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, 43, of conspiracy, murder and other law of war violations. It seeks to try him by military commission at the U.S. Navy base in southeast...

2008-06-30 18:00:15

MIAMI _ The Pentagon on Monday announced a proposed death penalty prosecution of a Saudi man at Guantanamo, alleging he organized the October 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole off Aden, Yemen, that killed 17 American sailors. The 11-page charge sheets, signed by a Marine major, accuse Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, 43, of conspiracy, murder and other law of war violations. It seeks to try him by military commission at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba and execute him if he is convicted....


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