Defense: Prosecutors Want To Pause Gitmo Trials

Guantanamo prosecutors reportedly want to put the war crimes trials on hold while the future of the widely criticized tribunals remains in doubt. That's according to military defense lawyers.

A defense attorney says prosecutors want an indefinite continuance of all pending cases while President Barack Obama's administration reviews the military commissions system.

Defense lawyers oppose an indefinite stay. They would challenge the motion if filed, fearing it is a bid to buy time to preserve the system.

The military has charges pending against 21 men and officials had said they intended to charge dozens more.

A spokesman for the military commissions says the chief prosecutor was not immediately available to comment.

Obama has said he will close Guantanamo. Many expect he will suspend the widely criticized war-crimes trials created by President George W. Bush and Congress in 2006.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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