Senators question State Department on military tribunals
- Congress Daily
- December 5, 2001
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Pierre-Richard Prosper, the State Department's ambassador-at- large for war crimes, told senators that, under Bush's order, only non-Americans charged with war crimes relating to international terror can be brought in front of a military tribunal.
An injured man who identified himself as John Walker is receiving medical care from U.S. forces after he emerged from a fortress in the northern Afghanistan city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Bush said he does not know what would happen with Walker. "We're trying to figure that out," Bush said.
At the hearing, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., asked Prosper: "If he was charged with a crime, he could not be tried in front of a military tribunal by the President's definition. Is that true?"
"The definition is limited to non-Americans,'' Prosper said.
The committee held the hearing to "help flesh out some ... issues before we talk to the attorney general," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who chaired the hearing. Attorney General John Ashcroft appears before the committee Thursday.