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British Gitmo detainees to face status review tribunals

[JURIST] The four remaining British Guantanamo Bay detainees will face US military Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT), despite a US agreement with UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith that the detainees would not face military commissions. Lawyers for the detainees are calling some of the tribunal's features worse than those of the military commissions, saying the CSRT is really a "backdoor trial." According to US military papers seen by the British Guardian newspaper, the detainees will be presumed to be enemy combatants, have limited rights to call witnesses, have no lawyer, and have hearsay evidence used against them.

A Pentagon spokesperson has said that the CSRT "is not a backdoor trial. The CSRT is modeled and built on army regulations, it is very fair. It is a non-adversarial administrative process, established to allow each detainee an opportunity to contest their designation as an enemy combatant." Tuesday's Guardian has more. The US Defense Department has a fact sheet [PDF] and a memorandum [PDF] outlining CSRT procedure.

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