Thursday, November 11, 2004
Military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay continued this week despite Monday's ruling by a district judge in Washington D.C. that the tribunals are unlawful.
Judge James Robertson had held on Monday that the military trial of Ahmed Hamdan, who served as the Yemini driver to Osama bin Laden, could not continue until the rules of the tribunal conformed to the established code of military justice. Robertson also held, among other things, that Hamdan was entitled to a hearing to determine whether he is a prisoner of war, and further ruled that Hamdan has a right to confront the witnesses against him.
The U.S. Government continued the military trials this week, stating that it would seek a stay of Robertson's order, and that it would file an appeal in the meantime.
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