Guantnamo: Amnesty International responds to Military Commission Judges ruling to drop Khadr charges

Jun. 06, 2007

Jumana Musa, Amnesty Internationals legal observer at the military commission hearings in Guantnamo Bay for the last two years issued the following statement in response to todays significant ruling by the military commissions judge to drop charges against Omar Khadr:

Todays ruling is the most significant setback since the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the original military commissions. It also signals that these commissions need to be scrapped and the detention facility at Guantnamo Bay must be closed now. The judges decision clearly indicates that a fair trial is not possible within a system that is being developed as it proceeds. It raises more questions about the Bush administration and Congress wisdom and logic in rushing to patch together a new system of justice, when there are fully functioning federal courts that can not only offer fair trials but also come with established procedure.

For more information, please see United States of America: Justice delayed and justice denied? Trials under the Military Commissions Act on

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