08 August 2008

hamdan convicted at guantánamo...ultimate release date still uncertain...

salim hamdan, a yemeni national, has been convicted by a panel of six u.s. military officers of "providing material support for terrorism", but acquitted of "conspiracy,"...the pentagon had, however, confirmed yesterday that he would remain in indefinite detention as an "enemy combatant" regardless of the verdict...

amnesty international believes that the conviction under procedures that do not meet international fair trial standards compounds the injustice of his more than five years' unlawful detention in guantánamo...said rob freer, amnesty international's researcher on the united states:
"We have consistently called for justice and security to be pursued within a framework of strict adherence to international law; however the US government has systematically failed in this regard."
amnesty international has further said that the entire military commission system is fundamentally flawed and that the tribunals should be abandoned in all cases. ..the human rights organisation continues to campaign for trials of guantánamo detainees to be held in ordinary civilian courts in the u.s., without resort to the death penalty, and for the guantánamo detention facility to be shut down...

he faced a maximum sentence of life imprisonment....but received a much lesser sentence leaing him about 6 months to serve after being credited with time already served...ironically he does not have to be released after completing his sentence...

read more

observing guantánamo's military commission hearings (part 1)
observing guantánamo's military commission hearings (part 2)
trial and error - a reflection on the first week of the first military commission trial at guantánamo
time for real change as supreme court rules on guantánamo detentions

peace out <3

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