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# guantanamo-bay - Tuesday 8 March, 2011

September 11 suspects likely to be tried at Guantanamo

Obama has caved in to opposition to trying September 11 suspects in the US, and will allow trials to resume at Guantanamo – which he had pledged to close within a year of taking office.

# guantanamo-bay - Monday 7 March, 2011

Obama approves resumption of Guantanamo military trials

Trials at the controversial detention facility in Cuba had been suspended two years ago on Obama’s orders, but president now says that ban will be lifted.

The Daily Fix: Monday

This evening’s Daily Fix includes: new online suicide prevention initiative launched; Guantanamo terror trials to resume; and a trapped Bieber.

# guantanamo-bay - Wednesday 12 January, 2011

Assange 'could face Guantanamo or death' if extradited

Lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder suggest that extradition to Sweden will only result in him being handed over to the U.S.

# guantanamo-bay - Tuesday 16 November, 2010

Guantanamo Bay detainees get millions in compo from UK

British government’s payout leads way for independent inquiry into claims of UK forces’ involvement in torture.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you really need to know by 9am: Pressure mounts on Ireland to accept a bailout; David Drumm prepares to face his creditors, and … Free Cheese! Get the last of the free cheese!

# guantanamo-bay - Monday 16 August, 2010

THE GUANTANAMO BAY TRIAL of Omar Khadr, the Canadian national accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier in 2002, has been delayed by at least a month after Khadr’s lawyer collapsed in court. He was suffering from complications from a gallbladder surgery.

# guantanamo-bay - Thursday 12 August, 2010

A MAN WHO served as Osama bin Laden’s cook and driver has been given a 14-year prison sentence by a military judge at a tribunal in Guantanamo Bay.

Ibrahim al-Qosi, born in Sudan, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy and providing support for terrorism – but has entered a plea bargain with authorities which could result in him serving a far shorter jail term.

A jury of ten military officers took just under an hour to hand down the sentence, who had entered his guilty plea in July.

al-Qosi was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and had also admitted to acting as a bodyguard for the al-Qaeda leader, helping him to evade American forces after they invaded the country in October of that year.

He also admitted running a kitchen in bin Laden’s compound while being fully aware that he was leading a terrorist organisation.

Military prosecutors said the chef had ‘insulted the intelligence of the tribunal’ by downplaying his role to that of a cook.

al-Qosi becomes the first person convicted at the United States’ trials in Guantanamo Bay since Barack Obama became president, and only the fourth person to be convicted there at all, despite it having held more than 800 alleged militants.

Obama has tried to close the prison but has been unable to strike a deal with Congress on where to house the 180 remaining detainees at the camp.

It has been reported that al-Qosi may be likely to be detained at the camp to serve out his sentence, which could result in his eight-and-a-half year detainment being deducted from his given sentence.

His sentence is to be reviewed by the Pentagon, after which the full amount al-Qosi will serve will be revealed.

Opponents of the Guantanamo camp have criticised the secrecy around the plea bargain, saying it goes against the transparency promised by President Obama during his election campaign.

# guantanamo-bay - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

THE TRIAL has begun at Guantanamo Bay of Omar Khadr, in the first trial at the controversial military camp since the election of President Barack Obama.

Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was 15 when he was captured by American troops in 2002 in Afghanistan, where he was accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier towards the end of a four-hour bombardment of an al-Qaeda facility in Khost.

Khadr faces charges of murder, providing material support for terrorism, and spying. He denies having anything to do with the fundamentalistic Islamic terrorist group, however, saying he was brought to Afghanistan by his father.

He is is the youngest detainee at Guantanamo and the last remaining Western prisoner being held there. He is also the only detainee being charged with murder.

Aside from being the first trial held at Guantanamo since Obama’s election – in which the closure of the facility was a core plank of Obama’s election promises – the trial is the first time since World War II that the United States is trying someone in a military setting for acts committed as a minor.

Khadr’s legal team have insisted that the now-23-year-old be treated as a child soldier, while the United Nations has condemned the fact Kkadr is being tried at all, asserting that children should not be tried before military tribunals.

Yesterday’s action at the court was largely taken up by jury selection, with potential jurors asked if they believed it inappropriate to try a juvenile for a serious crime, or if they had an issue with someone being tried eight years after their alleged offences.

They were also asked if they had ever seen a Muslim person on a plane and feared that that person may attempt to hijack their flight.

If found guilty of murder, Khadr will face life imprisonment.