Guantanamo Bay trials will resume
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Backed by a favorable court ruling, the Pentagon intends to resume shortly the military trials of two terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to file charges against eight others.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the ruling Friday by a three-judge federal appeals court panel was vindication of the Bush administration's approach to prosecuting suspected terrorists. Critics say the approach is flawed by inadequate legal protections.
"Proceedings will resume as soon as possible against two detainees," Rumsfeld said Monday without identifying them by name. Charges will be prepared against eight other suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, he said, and President Bush will be asked to declare additional detainees there eligible for military trials.
Later the Pentagon issued a written statement saying the man whose trials would be resumed first isDavid Hicks, an Australian .