WASHINGTON – The military has assigned attorneys to represent two more prisoners being held at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (search), who were captured during the war on Al Qaeda (search) and the Taliban (search), the Pentagon announced Friday.
Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al Bahlul, of Yemen, and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, of Sudan, have not been charged with any crime, the Pentagon said in a statement, and no trial dates have been set. The circumstances of their capture were not immediately clear.
Air Force Lt. Col. Sharon Shaffer will represent al Qosi, the Pentagon said. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Philip Sundel and Army Maj. Mark Bridges will represent al Bahlul.
The prisoners are the third and fourth to receive lawyers. Already, Salim Ahmed Hamdan of Yemen and David Hicks of Australia have been assigned representation.
All are among the six President Bush (search) previously identified as possible candidates for trial by a special military tribunal.
About 650 suspected members of Al Qaeda or the Taliban are being held at the high-security prison at Guantanamo Bay. Human rights groups and some foreign governments have criticized their treatment and the lack of trials or access to lawyers.
The United States says the prisoners are "enemy combatants," not prisoners of war, and says military tribunals are allowed under international law.