Obama lays out detention rules for al Qaida suspects

February 29, 2012 03:03

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama issued a policy directive on Tuesday making clear that not all al Qaida suspects would be held in US military custody, fleshing out exceptions allowed under a sweeping defense bill that sought to have the Pentagon prosecute most suspects.

Under the directive, al Qaida suspects arrested by US law enforcement for waging attacks against American interests would not necessarily be held by the Pentagon under several scenarios, including if foreign governments refuse to hand them over to US military control.

Other exceptions would include if the person were a US permanent legal resident or if transferring them to military custody would hurt the chances of obtaining a confession or cooperation from the terrorism suspect.

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