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Video by Angela YEOH , Virginie HERZ

Latest update : 2009-01-21

Prosecutors are to call on military judges to suspend the proceedings of the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay for 120 days at the request of President Barack Obama, according to a source close to the trial.

REUTERS - Hours after taking office on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered military prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals to ask for a 120-day halt in all pending cases.

 
Military judges were expected to rule on the request on Wednesday at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an official involved in the trials said on condition of anonymity.
 
The request would halt proceedings in 21 pending cases, including the death penalty case against five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks in 2001.
 

Prosecutors said in their written request the halt was "in the interests of justice."

 

Date created : 2009-01-21

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