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Court Rules Questioned at Gitmo Hearing

Courtroom rules in military trials of terrorist suspects came into question Tuesday during a pretrial hearing for a suspected al-Qaida member charged in a March 2002 grenade attack that wounded three journalists in Afghanistan. Abdul Zahir did not enter a plea, but his U.S. military defense counsel almost immediately began asking the judge, Marine Col. Robert S. Chester, what laws he would follow in presiding over the trial. The Guantanamo Bay trials — held inside a cinderblock building perched on a hill on this naval base — are the first U.S. military tribunals since the World War II era. Full Story

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