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US pushing ahead with Guantanamo trials despite expected appeals

[JURIST] With a federal appeals court giving the green light [JURIST report] earlier this month, the US is looking to quickly restart military tribunals for declared "enemy combatants" being held at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive]. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said that the trials will resume "as soon as possible", even though other appeals of the general issue to the US Supreme Court are a near certainty. The Pentagon has alerted the media to be prepared to cover the Guantanamo trials as soon as early September 2005 though lawyers for some Guantanamo detainees, including the attorney for Australian David Hicks [JURIST report], said they haven't been given formal notice of a resumption of the proceedings. AFP has more.

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