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USA: Double standards and second-class justice: Federal judge clears way for first military commission trial

, Index number: AMR 51/082/2008

On 17 July 2008, US District Court Judge James Robertson cleared the way for the first US trial by military commission for more than half a century, when he refused to stop the trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan. Amnesty International considers that justice will neither be done nor be seen to be done in trials before these military commissions. The USA must bring anyone held at Guantánamo against whom it has evidence of criminal wrongdoing to full and fair trials in the federal civilian courts or release them.

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