Guantanamo judge refuses to suspend trialSteven Edwards, Canwest News Service
Thursday, January 29, 2009
NEW YORK - A military judge stunned prosecutors and defence attorneys Thursday by rejecting President Barack Obama's bid to suspend all Guantanamo Bay court proceedings for 120 days - calling the government's argument "unpersuasive."
Army Col. James Pohl ruled as judge in the prosecution of a Saudi terror suspect in the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole warship, which left 17 U.S. servicemen dead and more than 50 injured. But his decision immediately raised questions as to whether other cases could be affected - including that of Canadian-born Omar Khadr.
At the very least, the ruling put a kink in the new administration's bid to buy time to review the cases of the 21 terror suspects currently charged among the 245 remaining detainees at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.