The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today the completion of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) for the 14 high-value detainees whose transfer to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was announced on Sept. 6, 2006. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, the designated civilian official (DCO) and final review authority for the CSRT process, has approved the tribunal determinations that the 14 detainees meet the criteria for designation as enemy combatants. All proceedings were conducted between March 9, 2007 and June 15, 2007 at Guantanamo Bay.
The CSRT is a review to determine whether each detainee in DoD custody at Guantanamo meets the criteria to be designated as an enemy combatant. Each detainee has the opportunity to present evidence and testify on the question of an enemy combatant status determination. It is not a criminal trial and is not intended to determine guilt or innocence; rather, it is an administrative process structured under the law of war regarding the status of persons detained at Guantanamo.
The latest information as well as all transcripts are available online at the following Web site: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Combatant_Tribunals.html .