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Al-Qaeda figures 'held in Jordan'


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Al-Qaeda figures 'held in Jordan'

An Israeli newspaper says the CIA is holding senior al-Qaeda suspects at an interrogation facility in Jordan.

Haaretz says at least 11 detainees are being held at the secret location, including al-Qaeda's ex-military head.

The facility allows the CIA to use interrogation techniques banned in the US, the Haaretz report says.

Haaretz cites interrogators of the detainees as its source. The CIA declined to comment on the report when contacted by BBC News Online.

A Jordanian government spokesperson also declined to comment.

Haaretz says that other detainees held at the base include former al-Qaeda military leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, recruitment head Abu Zubaydah and Ramzi bin al-Shibh - a former roommate of 11 suicide airline hijacker Mohammed Atta.

Hambali, a Thai suspect thought to have links to al-Qaeda is also held there, the report says.

Since the war in Afghanistan three years ago, the majority of people deemed enemy combatants have been transferred to a US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

However, a minority were taken to Pakistan and from there moved to Jordan, Haaretz said.

Violation

The Haaretz report follows a Human Rights Watch report saying that 11 al-Qaeda suspects were being denied access to the International Red Cross and protection under international law, and suggested torture had been used.

Human Rights Watch, which based its 46-page report largely on news reports, acknowledged the need to bring terror suspects to justice but questioned the legality of the detainees' treatment.

HRW highlights a number of areas in which the US appears to be violating international legal standards:

International treaties ratified by the US prohibit holding prisoners incommunicado and in secret locations

The Geneva Conventions require that the International Committee of the Red Cross has access to all detainees and that information on them be provided to their relatives

Under international human rights law, detainees must be held in recognised places of detention and be able to communicate with lawyers and family members

The US argues that al-Qaeda members are not entitled to the protection of Geneva conventions because they are not lawful combatants. The Pentagon says the "spirit" of the conventions is respected at the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/worl...ast/3739858.stm

The US argues that al-Qaeda members are not entitled to the protection of Geneva conventions because they are not lawful combatants.

Agreed, I don't remember them signing up for it, or abiding by its laws. rolleyes.gif

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