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U.S. Gives Lawyers to Two More Guantanamo Inmates

The Pentagon said on Friday it had named military lawyers to defend two more of the foreign terrorism suspects held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, one Yemeni and one Sudanese, in key step toward starting trials before military tribunals. In doing so, the Pentagon used up the entire pool of five military defense attorneys it had formed to defend the non-U.S. citizens slated to be tried before the first such U.S. military tribunals since World War II, officials said. In a statement, the Pentagon said it had named lawyers for Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al Bahlul of Yemen and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi of Sudan. Four of the six men who President Bush last July designated as eligible for these trials have now been given lawyers, and Pentagon officials declined to confirm that Britons Moazzam Begg and Faroz Abassi are the other two. Full Story

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