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Terror Verdict Tests Obama’s Strategy on Detainees

Publié par Clifford Armion le 18/11/2010

Charlie Savage

"The mixed verdict in the case of the first Guantánamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court on Wednesday quickly re-ignited a fierce debate over the Obama administration's effort to restore the role of the traditional criminal justice system in handling terrorism prosecutions.

"Ahmed Ghailani will face between 20 years and life in prison as a result of his conviction on one charge related to the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa. But because a jury acquitted him on more than 280 other charges -- including every count of murder -- critics of the Obama administration's strategy on detainees said the verdict proved that civilian courts could not be trusted to handle the prosecution of Al Qaeda terrorists.

""This is a tragic wake-up call to the Obama Administration to immediately abandon its ill-advised plan to try Guantánamo terrorists in federal civilian courts, said Representative Peter King, Republican of New York. We must treat them as wartime enemies and try them in military commissions at Guantánamo."

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"Terror Verdict Tests Obama’s Strategy on Detainees", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2010. Consulté le 29/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/terror-verdict-tests-obama-s-strategy-on-detainees