Mukasey meets with prosecutors during first visit to Guantanamo Bay

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive] made his first visit to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Wednesday, where he met with military and Justice Department officials working on the military prosecution of six Guantanamo Bay detainees suspected of involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks, including alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed [BBC profile]. The US government announced charges [PDF text; press release] against the detainees earlier this month, saying that it will seek the death penalty [JURIST report] against the group of detainees. Mukasey's visit was unannounced, and he returned to Washington by the afternoon. AP has more. ABC News has additional coverage.

The US has said that some 80 Guantanamo detainees will eventually face prosecution under the military commissions system [DOD materials]. So far, commission cases [DOD materials] have been initiated against 13 detainees.



 

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