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First Trial By Tribunal 'Imminent,' Official Says

The U.S. government is set to begin its first trial of an alleged al Qaeda operative before a military tribunal sometime soon, the Defense Department’s top prosecutor for the long-planned proceedings said yesterday. “Our start is imminent, soon,” said Army Col. Frederic L. Borch III, chief prosecutor for the special military court cases, which will be tried at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where about 660 alleged al Qaeda and Taliban fighters are detained. Speaking to an American Bar Association gathering, however, he stressed that he could not predict when the first trial would begin. The tribunals, or military commissions, as U.S. officials call them, have been delayed by deliberations on a number of matters, including negotiations with the British and Australian governments, some of whose citizens may be in the first group of detainees to be tried, U.S. officials said. Full Story

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