Five Guantanamo detainees charged

FIVE PRISONERS held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been charged with crimes, including murder, and will face military trials. These charges now bring the total number of Guantanamo detainees formally accused to nine. The latest detainees charged include two Saudi Arabians, an Ethiopian, a Yemeni and a Canadian.

Toronto born Omar Khadr, who was 15 years old when arrested, is charged with murder and attempted murder, and Salim Ahmed Hamdan from Yemen, former driver for Osama bin Laden, has been held at Guantanamo since 2002 and is accused of terrorism and conspiracy to commit war crimes. He denies the charges. Others are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, attacks on civilians and terrorism offences.

The US Supreme Court will hear Hamdan’s case in 2006, following a ruling by a US appeals court that the trials for detainees at Guantanamo were lawful.