President Obama: Suspend Gitmo Trials

Jan 21, 2009 7:58am

ABC News has learned that soon after being sworn in as 44th President of the United States on Tuesday, President Obama instructed his advisers to move to suspend the military commission trials for suspected terrorists being detained at Guantanamo Bay.

The Obama administration filed papers seeking a 120-day continuance in all cases so his administration can review the individual prosecutions and more generally to review the policy for detainees and determine how best to handle the cases.

From Guantanamo, the Washington Post’s Peter Finn reports that the motion called for "a continuance of the proceedings" until May 20 so that "the newly inaugurated president and his administration [can] review the military commissions process, generally, and the cases currently pending before military commissions, specifically."

Aides say the president will this week issue an executive order giving the command to close the detainee center at Guantanamo Bay, though the process could take as long as a year to implement.

– jpt

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