A Guatanamo/Gitmo update: Still a need for justice

(full story at Yahoo News here)

US drops charges against 5 Guantanamo prisoners
By ANDREW O. SELSKY, Associated Press Writer Andrew O. Selsky

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Pentagon said Tuesday it has dropped war-crimes charges against five Guantanamo Bay detainees after the former prosecutor in their cases complained that the military was withholding evidence helpful to the defense.

None of the men will be freed, and the military said it could reinstate charges later.

America’s first war-crimes trials since the close of World War II have come under persistent criticism…

Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the military’s latest move showed the war-crimes trials are a mistake.

“The implosion of these five prosecutions painfully underscores how the Bush administration’s torture and detention policies have failed to render justice in any sense of the word,” Romero said.

The military also said Tuesday it has finalized charges against an additional detainee, Mohammed Hashim, an Afghan who is about 32…

The detainees against whom charges were dropped are Mohamed, Noor Uthman Muhammed, Sufyiam Barhoumi, Ghassan Abdullah al Sharbi and Jabran Said Bin al Qahtani.

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