Pentagon Rules Allow Coerced Detainee Testimony

Published: Tue 23 Jan 2007 11:04 AM
Pentagon Sets Rules for Detainee Trials
By Anne Flaherty
The Associated Press
Thursday 18 January 2007
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Washington - The Pentagon's rules for upcoming detainee trials would allow terrorism suspects to be convicted and perhaps executed using hearsay evidence and some coerced testimony.
The rules are fair, said the Pentagon, which released them Thursday in a manual for the expected trials. However, they could spark a fresh confrontation between the Bush administration and the Democratic-led Congress over treatment of terror suspects.
According to the 238-page manual, a detainee's lawyer could not reveal classified evidence in the person's defense until the government had a chance to review it. Suspects would be allowed to view summaries of classified evidence, not the material itself.
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