Gitmo Review Task Force: 50 Detainees to Be Held Indefinitely

Jan 22, 2010 11:53am

ABC News' Jason Ryan reports:

Administration officials tell ABC News that the Guantanamo Detainee Review Task Force has determined that about 50 Guantanamo detainees should be held indefinitely for prolonged detention and that 35 detainees should be prosecuted under military or civilian trials. The indefinite detention of the 50 detainees was first reported by the Washington Post.

The task force has determined that there are too many difficulties in prosecuting their cases but determined that the men are too dangerous to be released. Many in this category allegedly spent time at al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan prior to the 9/11 attacks or were linked to the Taliban and continued to fight with the groups during the U.S. offensive in 2001.

The 35 include five Guantanamo detainees who are to be tried for their involvement in the 9/11 attacks and six cases of individuals who are to be tried in military commissions. The task force has also recommended that 110 detainees be transferred to other countries. After the transfers last night of two Algerian detainees, there are currently 196 detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Today marks the deadline of President Obama’s pledge to close the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, a deadline that will not be met.

– Jason Ryan

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