Two dozen more Guantanamo detainees to be charged

[JURIST] The chief military prosecutor for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], USAF Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF], Monday announced plans to charge an additional two dozen Guantanamo detainees and to seek the death penalty against several. Three of the 10 detainees originally charged are in the midst of pre-trial hearings which resume this week [AFPS report]. One, Algerian Sufyian Barhoumi [DOD charge sheet, PDF], is protesting his removal from a much-preferred communal living unit called Camp Four [DOD photo], used to house co-operative detainees, to the maximum security Camp Five section of the Guantanamo Bay base. AP has more.

The Pentagon also said Monday that it would be releasing an additional 141 Guantanamo detainees who have been deemed by Administrative Review Boards [DOD backgrounder] to pose no security threat and are longer classed as "enemy combatants." No timetable or location for the releases has yet been announced. There are approximately 490 prisoners now being held at the facility. The Los Angeles Times has more.

 

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