Judge agrees to Obama request to suspend Gitmo trials

Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 12:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 12:17 p.m.

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba The judge in the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo has agreed to President Barack Obama's request to suspend the case pending a 120-day review.

The defendants opposed the delay. All have said they want to plead guilty to charges that carry a potential death sentence.

Army Col. Stephen Henley issued the ruling Wednesday after a brief hearing at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Prosecutors sought the suspension to give the Obama administration time to review the special system for prosecuting alleged terrorists set up by former President George W. Bush and Congress.

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