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Kuwaiti Detainees in Guantanamo Allowed to Meet With Lawyers
VOA News
03 Jul 2004, 14:34 UTC

The U.S. government says it will allow lawyers representing 12 Kuwaiti inmates at the U.S. military prison in Cuba to visit their clients - the suspected terrorists' first access to legal counsel since their capture by American forces two years ago.

A defense attorney says officials at the U.S. Justice Department agreed to allow such visits during a discussion by telephone Friday with the detainees' lawyers and the U.S. judge who is supervising the case. However, it is not yet clear when the meeting will take place.

The Bush administration had previously said the detainees were "enemy combatants" with no legal standing in the U.S. court system, but the Supreme Court rejected that position in a ruling earlier this week.



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