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New York Judge to Hear Arguments on Guantanamo Detainee

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A federal judge in New York will hear arguments Monday to decide if a Guantanamo Bay detainee's rights were violated when he was held for five years without charges. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first Guantanamo Bay prisoner to be prosecuted in a civilian U.S. court, says charges against him should be dismissed because he was not given a speedy trial. He is charged in the August 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. They killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. His lawyers say he was arrested in Pakistan on July 24, 2004 and held in secret camps where he was questioned until September 2006, when he was moved to Guantanamo. Prosecutors say the delay in bringing him to trial was necessary to save lives.

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