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Six al-Qaida suspects to be tried by American military tribunal

Six alleged members of al-Qaida are to be the first to face a military tribunal according to a senior Bush administration official. Those convicted could face the death penalty and plans are reportedly under way to build an execution chamber at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. President Bush has officially ruled that the six alleged al-Qaida members are eligible for trial before military tribunals, an administration official told the Associated Press. Many of those held by the US since the end of the war in Afghanistan have been in a legal limbo, treated neither as prisoners of war nor charged with a criminal offence. Civil rights groups have urged that they should either be released or charged and given access to legal advice. Full Story

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