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USA: Aiming for execution, denying fair trial: Government wants death penalty option at upcoming military commission trials in Guantánamo

, Index number: AMR 51/049/2011

The Pentagon’s announcement that military commission prosecutors are looking to pursue the death penalty against five Guantánamo detainees accused of leading involvement in the attacks of 11 September 2001 comes as no surprise. Amnesty International considers that the convening authority should not authorize the death penalty to be an option in military commission prosecutions. Congress must end its blocking of prosecutions of Guantánamo detainees being conducted in civilian federal courts.

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