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Sunday, July 4, 2010


Panel says detainee deserves new review

An Algerian detainee at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, deserves a new lower court review to determine whether he was part of al-Qaeda, a federal appeals court has ruled.

A three-judge panel for the D.C. Circuit reversed a lower court decision that Belkacem Bensayah's imprisonment was legal. The lower court had relied on classified evidence from an unnamed source.

"The evidence upon which the district court relied, in concluding Bensayah supported al-Qaeda is insufficient . . . to show he was part of that organization," U.S. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg wrote in a ruling released Friday.

Ginsburg noted that the government initially called Bensayah a "supporter" of al-Qaeda and later argued that he was "part of" the terrorist organization.

Bensayah was arrested by Bosnian police on immigration charges in late 2001. He was later told that he was a suspect in a plot to attack the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo.

-- Associated Press


Remains of 7 MIAs from WWII identified

U.S. military authorities have identified the remains of seven servicemen missing in action since their cargo plane went down in Burma during World War II.

The men were aboard a C-47A Skytrain that left India on May 23, 1944, to resupply Allied forces near Myitkyina, Burma. In 2002, a missionary found the crash site, about 31 miles northwest of Myitkyina. A military team excavated.

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