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The suicides of three detainees at the US-run camp at Guantanmo Bay in Cuba

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The suicides of three detainees at the US-run camp at Guantanmo Bay in Cuba

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have renewed calls for activities at the facility to be promptly wound up. Two Saudis and a Yemeni hanged themselves with clothes and bedsheets over the weekend. Hundreds of men have been held at Guantanamo without trial since 2002. US Republican Senator Arlen Spector said the deaths underscored the need for the inmates to be brought to trial:

“A good many of them are challenging their detention under our habeus corpus rules and you don’t have to go to the United States to do that, they can be kept in Guantanamo. But it is a situation which can’t go on indefinitely and three suicides show the desperation of the situation and those guys aren’t exactly boy scouts, they are pretty tough hombres.” There have been calls from the international community for the US to close the camp forthwith. But US President George W Bush says his administration is waiting for a top-level court decision. The US Supreme Court is expected to rule in the next few weeks in the case of a Guantanamo prisoner who’s challenged the legality of special military tribunals in trying so-called enemy combatants.