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USA: Federal judge rules US Military Commission violates Geneva Convention

The Military Commission trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, allegedly the former driver of Osama bin Laden, was stayed when a Federal Court judge found that unless a competent tribunal, in line with Article 5 of the Third Geneva Convention, determines that Hamdan is not entitled to POW status, he may only be tried by court martial. The Court further found that the Military Commission is contrary to and inconsistent with US court martial procedures. This ruling may apply to other Guantánamo detainees.

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