Bali bomb case starts in Guantanamo 18 years after capture

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Gino Reyes

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (AP) — Three prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center have had their first day in court after being held for 18 years without charge in connection with the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and other plots in Southeast Asia.

An Indonesian prisoner and two Malaysians started their arraignment Monday before a military commission at a nearly five-hour hearing inside the U.S. base in Cuba. The arraignment is expected to resume Tuesday.

They face charges that include murder, conspiracy and terrorism. It is merely the first step in what could be a long legal journey for a case that involves evidence tainted by CIA torture, an issue that has caused other war crimes cases to languish at Guantanamo.

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