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Guantanamo inmates to be tried on US soil

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Guantanamo inmates

The US Senate has voted to continue to allow Guantanamo inmates to be tried on US soil removing a hurdle as the Obama administration seeks to close the camp. The measure, which passed by the House last week, permits Guantanamo detainees to be brought to the US order to face trial in US courts.

Those cleared cannot remain in the US.  The bill – passed 79-19 by the Senate – largely mirrors existing restrictions. It will now go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.  litary tribunals.

The legislation  passed by Congress yesterday removes one of the  legal, diplomatic and political obstacles to the closing of the Guantanamo detention centre.  Under its terms, Congress must be provided with a detailed assessment of the security risk involved before a detainee can be brought to the US.

The administration must also give 15 days’ notice of any transfer. Some Republicans have objected to plans to hold Guantanamo detainees in US prisons, arguing  they do not deserve the protections of the US to foreign nationals who were captured  during a time of war.

Correspondents say the legislation will be considered a victory for President Obama.  Under its terms, those convicted will not be able to serve their sentences in US prisons, and those cleared will not be allowed to remain on US soil, even when no other country will accept them. The matter is to be decided by future legislation or by the Supreme Court .

Source: GBC NEWS

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