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Justice Department to appeal Guantanamo Bay military trial ruling

[JURIST] The Justice Department Friday formally filed notice that it will appeal the ruling that stopped the military commission trials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On Monday, Judge James Robertson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia stated that absent a ruling to the contrary by a "competent tribunal", the Third Geneva Convention on prisoners a war applies to terror detainees held in Guantanamo Bay (as reported here in JURIST's Paper Chase). Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's driver who case was before Robertson, therefore had to be tried before a court-martial convened under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, not the military commissions convened by the Department of Defense. UPI has more.

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