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US to release names of Guantanamo detainees

The Pentagon said on Saturday it would release, in compliance with a federal court ruling, the identities of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where hundreds of prisoners in the war on terror are being held.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 03:13 IST

The Pentagon said on Saturday it would release, in compliance with a federal court ruling, the identities of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where hundreds of prisoners in the war on terror are being held.

"The Department of Defence will comply with the judge's ruling in this matter," Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Commander Joe Carpenter told AFP.

The departments of defence and justice "are coordinating to release unredacted versions of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals, which contain the names of detainees, by March 3," Carpenter said.

The US District Court said on Wednesday that the Pentagon had advised the court it would not appeal a January 25 order to release uncensored transcripts and related documents about the US military base in Cuba.

The United States has been holding nearly 500 men and several teenagers as "enemy combatants" in a remote corner of the US naval base, some for as long as four years, without charge.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 03:13 IST