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Cert Rejected in Second Gitmo Case

Posted Apr 30, 2007 2:57 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of a case challenging the legality of military commissions, the second Guantanamo case it turned down this month.

One of the petitioners was Salim Ahmed Hamdan, accused of acting as a driver and bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, Associated Press reports. He has yet to be formally charged, according to the Miami Herald.

Hamdan contends the military commission system set up by a new law was almost the same as one struck down by the Supreme Court last year in case he also filed, as detailed in this Washington Post story. President Bush had set up the earlier system without congressional approval.

On April 2, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case asking whether Guantanamo detainees may file habeas petitions to challenge their confinement.

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