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29 June 2004

Defense Department Report, June 29: Three Detainees Will Have Trials

Iraqi Army officers complete training in Jordan


The Defense Department announced plans June 29 to send the cases of three detainees being held at the naval detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a military commission for trial.

Trial dates for the three individuals, considered enemy combatants as part of the global campaign against terrorism, have not been scheduled as yet.

The commissions will consider the evidence against Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al-Bahlul from Yemen, Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi of Sudan, and Australian David Hicks.

A Defense Department news release notes that the three accused "are presumed innocent of any criminal charges unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt" by the commission.

Each person will be offered a military lawyer who will not charge for services rendered. Alternatively, a civilian defense lawyer may be retained by the detainee to aid in his legal defense.

Military commissions are typically used to consider the guilt or innocence of those accused of violating the law of armed conflict or related offenses.


The Multi-National Corps in Iraq reported June 29 that more than 800 Iraqi Army officers have completed a training program in Jordan.

This is the second class of Iraqi Army officers to graduate from the Armed Forces Military Academy in Zarqa, Jordan.

The instruction, designed to train and equip Iraqi armed forces, is part of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Program.

The new graduates were trained to be leaders and were taught about the role of the military in a democratic society, international law, weapons handling, physical fitness and problem solving.

U.S. Army Colonel James Mulvenna said this training "is designed to produce officers to lead men in a free country."

It marks the completion of the program to train Iraqi Army officers for three divisions, he said.

"Graduates will form the last four full brigades from the brigade commander and staff down to platoon commanders," Mulvenna said.

This is the last group that will be trained through this program; the next group will be trained by Iraqi Army personnel.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site:

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