The Sunday Times reports today that before President Dubya leaves office six al Qaeda suspects held at Guantanamo Bay are to face a military tribunal for plotting the 9/11 attacks. The only problems are that alleged confessions relied on by the prosecution are said to have been obtained through oppression and torture such as waterboarding and none of the defendants are being permitted access to independent counsel. The outcome will therefore be null and void. Following Michael Hayden's admission to Congress that waterboarding had been used at Guantanamo, a practice which contravenes the Convention Against Torture, the hearings can only add pressure for those crimes to be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court.<br><br>km<br><br>
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