Uighur Cases Highlight Legal Wrangling Over Guantanamo Detentions

Uighur Cases Highlight Legal Wrangling Over Guantanamo Detentions

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba -- The recent conviction of Australian kangaroo-skinner turned globetrotting jihadist David Hicks may, at least temporarily, bring an end to years of judicial power struggles that have surrounded the creation of a special war crimes tribunal here.

However, while the special tribunal will bring some form of justice for men like Hicks and other high-profile detainees -- including admitted Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- the fate of hundreds of lesser-known prisoners is still undetermined.

As Hicks inked a deal in late-March to plead guilty to providing material support for terrorism in exchange for a nine month prison term to be served in Australia, Brig. Gen. Cameron A. Crawford, the deputy commander the Guantanamo prison, told World Politics Review that military officials have evidence to build future cases against only about 80 of the some 390 men held here.

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