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Britons to go on US terror trial

Two Britons are among six al-Qaeda suspects due to face a military tribunal in the US, the BBC has learned. The two are Moazzam Begg, 35, from Sparkbrook, Birmingham, and Feroz Abbasi, 23, from Croydon, south London. They have been held for many months by the US, along with 680 other detainees, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without being sent for trial. But US President George W Bush has now ruled they and four other unnamed Guantanamo inmates can be tried by military tribunal. The tribunals have come under heavy criticism from human rights organisations. If they go ahead, they would probably be held in secret and could order the death penalty. Mr Begg’s father Azmat said he feared his son, a father-of-four, would not get a fair hearing. “The trial will be military, the judge will be military and yet my son is a civilian. This is just not right,” he said. Full Story

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