Wednesday, March 9, 2011

US to resume Guantanamo trials - Americas - Al Jazeera English

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The US president has approved the resumption of military trials for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

The move ends a two-year ban and was the latest acknowledgement that the prison Barack Obama had vowed to shut down within a year of taking office will remain open for some time to come.

But even while announcing a resumption of military commission trials on Monday, Obama reaffirmed his support for trying terror suspects in US federal courts - something that has met resistance in Congress.

"I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system - including Article III courts - to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened,'' Obama said in a statement.

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