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Less Than 3% of All Guantanamo Prisoners Will be Tried, Prosecutor Announces


Commenting on the announcement by Guantanamo's Chief Prosecutor that a total of just 20 detainees - down from a previous estimate of 36 - are to receive trials, Cori Crider, a Guantanamo attorney and Strategic Director at human rights charity Reprieve said:

"With nearly 800 people having been sent to Guantanamo over the years, this represents a total of under 3% who will even make it to trial - let alone be found guilty. This shockingly low figure demonstrates what a terrible mistake Guantanamo has been, and just how many lives have been ruined for no good reason.

"Meanwhile, more than half the prisoners still held in Guantanamo have been cleared for release, yet are going nowhere. It is high time President Obama got his act together and delivered on his promise to close this prison."

Reprieve is a UK-based human rights organization that uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantanamo Bay.