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Nov 6, 2013 11:45 PM by Tony Spehar

US ordered to turn over Red Cross' files on Gitmo

MIAMI (AP) - The International Committee for the Red Cross has lost its effort to prevent disclosure of confidential reports it submitted to the U.S. government about conditions at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

The military judge presiding over the trial of five men charged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack has ordered the government to turn over the reports for his review. Army Col. James Pohl says he will determine whether any of the material is relevant to the defense in the case.

Defense lawyers in the case welcomed Wednesday's ruling.

The defense argued at a hearing in June at the U.S. base in Cuba that reports on conditions inside secret Camp 7 are necessary to prepare for trial. The Red Cross argued that confidentiality is critical to its global mission.

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