Us to release 140 guantanamo bay suspects
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US To Release Guantanamo Bay Terrorist Suspects
30 Nov 2003, 22:46 UTC
U.S. military officials say 140 terrorist suspects will be released from the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Officials said the release date will be soon but declined to give a specific time frame.
The U.S. Navy base in eastern Cuba holds 660 prisoners from more than 40 countries with suspected links to the ousted Taliban regime in Afghanistan or the al-Qaida terrorism network led by Osama bin Laden. No charges have been filed against any of the detainees.
Since the prison opened in 2002 a total of 88 prisoners have been returned to their home countries. The facility has been the target of criticism by human rights groups as none of the detainees are eligible for representation by a lawyer.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear an appeal from lawyers of two Britons, two Australians and 12 Kuwaitis. The court will decide if the detainees are outside the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.
Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.