Officials: Gitmo Court System Likely to Stay Open

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration may revamp and
restart the Bush-era military trial system for suspected terrorists.

The administration is struggling to determine the fate of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay while fulfilling a pledge to close the prison by January.

After taking office, President Barack Obama suspended the tribunal system and ordered a 120-day review of the cases against the 241 men being held at Guantanamo. That review was supposed to end May 20. But two U.S. officials now say the administration wants a three-month extension.

The delay means legal action on the detainees' cases would continue to be frozen. Neither of the officials is authorized to discuss the delay publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

One official says the administration plans to use the extra time to ask Congress to tweak the existing tribunals system, which drew opposition from critics who said it limited detainees' legal rights.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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