- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A military judge has agreed to President Barack Obama’s request to suspend the Guantanamo war crimes trial of Canadian Omar Khadr.

It is the first in a series of delays sought by Obama as his administration reviews the legal system for prosecuting alleged terrorists.

The written order came Wednesday in the Khadr case. He is accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade in Afghanistan in 2002.

Army Col. Patrick Parrish, the judge in the case, issued a written order granting the 120-day suspension without a hearing.

Later, a judge is to consider suspending the case of five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Hours after taking office Tuesday, Obama ordered military prosecutors in the Guantanamo war-crimes tribunals to ask for a 120-day halt in all pending cases.


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