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The military tribunal for the 9/11 terrorism case resumed yesterday without three of the five defendants – the result of a judge's ruling that the men could not be forced to attend the session.

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The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks appeared in court Monday at the Guantanamo Bay prison for a week of pretrial motions that are expected to touch on claims of torture at secret CIA sites and the public's right to unfettered access to the proceedings.

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Alleged mastermind of 2001 attacks refuses to play any part as proceedings open at Guantanamo military tribunal

Clarke attempts to quell concerns over secret court hearings

Kenneth Clarke has attempted to quell growing concerns over proposals to hold more court hearings in secret by saying the measure will only apply to a “tiny” number of civil cases in “very limited circumstances”.

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The admission that Nato troops at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan "improperly disposed of a large number of Islamic religious materials which included Korans" was never going to pass without incident. Sure enough, riots and demonstrations followed, despite the forthright apology of the Nato commander, General John Allen.

'Complicity at highest levels', claims Binyam Mohamed

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed, who claims an MI5 officer colluded in his torture, said there had been a "pattern of massive complicity" in criminality at the "highest levels" as it emerged no agents would face charges over his ill-treatment.

Ex-Guantanamo detainee recalls custody ordeal

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee today described being stripped, punched, humiliated, held at gunpoint and forced to watch two people being beaten to death while in American custody.

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Court urges Ministers to free Yunus Rahmatullah

Judges yesterday used 14th-century common law to order the UK to secure the release of a Pakistani man seized by British special forces in Iraq in 2004 and handed to the US.

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Fears grow over Britain's last inmate at Guantanamo Bay

US claims he was helping the Taliban but has never charged him with any offence. Despite being cleared for release in 2007, Mr Aamer is still being held

Torture investigation 'has no credibility'

Human rights groups and lawyers intend to pull out of the inquiry into British complicity in allegations of torture because it does not have "credibility or transparency", they said today.

Memoir royalties of the 'Aussie Taliban' frozen

Mark "Chopper" Read spent 23 years in jail for kidnapping, malicious wounding and assault. After his release, he published a series of books including a memoir entitled How to Shoot Friends and Influence People. His literary career has been lucrative.

Australia: US detainee's book profits to be seized

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee was told by the Australian government yesterday that it may seize any profits from his autobiography.

US doctors 'hid signs of torture' at Guantanamo

US government doctors who cared for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay deliberately concealed or ignored evidence that their patients were being tortured, the first official study of its kind has found.

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