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BREAKING NEWS ~ Gitmo terror suspect trials to resume ASAP

[JURIST] AP is reporting that US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said that military trials of two suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay will resume as soon as possible and charges will be filed against eight other detainees.

2:25 PM ET - Rumsfeld's comments, made at a news conference with visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard, addressed concerns expressed earlier by the Australian government [JURIST report]. One of the two Guantanamo detainees already charged is Australian national David Hicks [advocacy website; charges, PDF]. The other is Yemeni national Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the alleged former driver of Osama bin Laden who was at the center of the appeals court ruling [PDF] last Friday which held that trials of Gitmo detainees by military commission were legally permissible [JURIST report]. Read the full US DOD press release on the resumption of the military commissions. Reuters has more.

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