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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Judge Is Dismissed in Guantanamo Bay Case

A judge hearing a war-crimes case at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who publicly expressed frustration with military prosecutors' refusal to give evidence to the defense has been dismissed, tribunal officials confirmed yesterday.

Army Col. Peter E. Brownback III was presiding over the case of Canadian detainee Omar Khadr. Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann, chief judge at the U.S. military prison, ordered the dismissal without explanation and announced Brownback's replacement in an e-mail to lawyers in Khadr's case this week.

In another indication of the Pentagon's drive to step up the pace at Guantanamo Bay, charges were drafted against three more suspected terrorists, bringing to 17 the number accused of war crimes.

Charges of conspiracy and supporting terrorism were prepared for Ghassan Abdullah al-Sharbi, a Saudi; fellow Saudi Jabran Said bin al-Qahtani; and Algerian Sufyian Barhoumi. The three are alleged to have attended al-Qaeda training camps and studied bombmaking.

Officers Charged With Corruption

MIAMI -- Two longtime police officers were charged Friday with providing protection for purported shipments of cocaine and stolen goods in what was actually an undercover FBI operation. Officer Geovani Nunez and detective Jorge Hernandez are accused in court documents of helping protect shipments of what they thought were stolen televisions and computers and at least 12 kilograms of cocaine. Prosecutors said the 13-year veterans of the Miami Police Department were paid a combined $39,500 by a secret FBI informant they thought was involved in illegal businesses.

3 Are Dead in Murder-Suicide

HAZARD, Ky. -- A man fatally shot an elected official and a county employee at an eastern Kentucky convenience store Friday, then turned the gun on himself, a deputy coroner said. Jerry Fugate, 55, shot Magistrate Jimmy Darrell Neace, 53, and county road department employee Lewallen Caudill, 60, deputy coroner Kyle Wolfe said. Police said the shooting happened in the parking lot of Ben's Quick Stop near Hazard, more than 100 miles southeast of Lexington. Police did not give a motive.

-- From News Services

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