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US Confirms It Held 12 Juveniles at
Sunday 16 November 2008
by: The Associated Press
San Juan, Puerto Rico - The U.S. has revised its count of juveniles ever held at Guantanamo Bay to 12, up from the eight it reported in May to the United Nations, a Pentagon spokesman said Sunday.
The government has provided a corrected report to the U.N. committee on child rights, according to Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon. He said the
"As we noted to the committee, it remains uncertain the exact age of many of the juveniles held at
A study released last week by the Center for the Study of Human Rights in the
"The information I got was from their own sources, so they didn't have to look beyond their own sources to figure this out," said Almerindo Ojeda, director of the center at the
Rights groups say it is important for the
Eight of the 12 juvenile detainees identified by the human rights center have been released, according to the study.
Two of the remaining detainees are scheduled to face war-crimes trials in January. Canadian Omar Khadr, now 21, was captured in July 2002 and is charged with murder for allegedly throwing a grenade that killed a
The study identified the only other remaining juvenile as Muhammed Hamid al Qarani of
The Saudi who hanged himself with two other detainees in 2006, Yasser Talal al-Zahrani, was 17 when he arrived at
About 250 prisoners remain at
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