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U.S. Tribunal Hearing Guantanamo Case

A handcuffed prisoner at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay (file photo) (AFP) April 4, 2006 -- A U.S. military tribunal at a naval base in Cuba has opened a hearing for a suspected Al-Qaeda militant charged in a 2002 attack in Afghanistan.

Abdul Zahir is accused of wounding three journalists. Prosecutors say he was working for Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan as a courier.

The U.S. has faced strong criticism for the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Critics say the detainees have been held too long without a trial and under conditions that violate international law.

The U.S. Defense Department today, meanwhile, released 2,600 documents from proceedings against prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon fought a four-year effort to keep the documents secret.

(AFP, AP, Reuters)