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Tipton three could face trial
A prisoner, in an orange jumpsuit, is led by US military police at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Critics say detainees at Guantanamo Bay are in legal limbo

Three Black Country men, who have been held by the Americans in Cuba for over a year, could finally face trial.

The men from Tipton were found by military forces in Afghanistan at the end of 2001.

Asif Iqbal and Ruhal Ahmed both 20, and 24 year old Shafiq Rasul, all from Tipton, were found with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

They were transferred to the US Camp in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba in January last year and have been held there without charge ever since.

Conduct instructions

Tony Blair said this week the situation "could not continue indefinitely" but added their detention was for a good reason.

The Pentagon has said it is now ready to proceed with military trials of detained terrorist suspects as soon as President Bush gives the green light

It has issued a set of eight documents or instructions that would cover the conduct of any military commissions or tribunals that could be used to try foreign detainees, including al-Qaeda suspects at the US base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

The instructions list the crimes which might be tried, including terrorism, hijacking and hostage-taking.

These trials could include the Tipton men being held in Cuba.

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