26 November 2003

Trial allowances are marginal, says US lawyer

Daryl Jones, Professor of Law at Pittsburgh University, says he agrees with those who've described the concessions announced yesterday as marginal at best.

Professor Jones is authorised by the United States military to act in cases involving those detained at the US-run prison in Cuba.

He's told ABC radio that however good the ultimate trial is supposed to be, the inordinate delay will prevent a fair outcome.

Attorney General Philip Ruddock said yesterday the US had agreed to a range of Australian requests concerning the trials of two Australian terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo bay.

Why worry about fair trials when Inquisitor-General Ruddock has a chance to tax the opposition with being soft on terror?

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