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Bush's anti-terrorism law upheld
Salim Ahmed Hamdan
Mr Hamdan had argued the tribunals were unconstitutional
A US court has upheld President George W Bush's new anti-terror law, agreeing that Guantanamo inmates cannot challenge their imprisonment in courts.

District Judge James Robertson rejected a challenge by Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver of Osama Bin Laden.

Mr Hamdan's case prompted the Supreme Court to strike down the government's policy on detainees last year.

But Mr Bush later signed a new law that established military commissions to try enemy combatants.

Judge Robertson ruled that the new law - signed by Mr Bush in October - removed federal court jurisdiction to hear cases like Mr Hamden.

The verdict is a legal victory for the White House, which has been fending off criticism of the new law from Democrats and civil rights groups.




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