Guantanamo/Detainees

Gitmo Do-over Weighed

Posted Oct 15, 2007 7:43 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The government is considering granting new hearings for Guantanamo detainees to determine whether they are unlawful enemy combatants who should continue to be held.

Detainees have challenged their first round of hearings before Combatant Status Review Tribunals. Their lawyers told the New York Times that a government decision to redo the hearings could avoid broad disclosure ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a pending detainee case.

In that appeal, about 130 detainees say the CSRT determinations are unfair and arbitrary. The detainees weren’t allowed to see much of the evidence against them, and two insiders have said the process was flawed. The court has ordered the government to release what it knew about the detainees when it held the hearings in 2004 and 2005.

The government revealed it is considering a new round of hearings in a court filing released late Friday, the Times says.

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