Some Gitmo Detainees Will Be Held But Not Tried; Prosecution Hurdles Cited
Posted Jan 22, 2010 6:34 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The Obama administration has decided to continue to hold about 50 dangerous Guantanamo detainees without trial because their prosecutions are considered too difficult.
There are fewer than 200 detainees still at Guantanamo, the New York Times reports. An anonymous administration official told the newspaper that about 50 detainees will continue to be held without trial, nearly 40 will be prosecuted, and 110 will be repatriated or transferred to other countries. The decision was the result of a recommendation from a high-level task force.
The 50-some detainees are considered “too difficult to prosecute but too dangerous to release,” the Times says.
There is one sticking point, however. About 30 detainees to be transferred to other countries are from Yemen, and the administration has halted transfers to that country, the story says.