US charges more Guantanamo prisoners with war crimes

US charges more Guantanamo prisoners with war crimes

US charges more Guantanamo prisoners with war crimes

Updated 31 March 2012, 11:05 AEDT

The United States has announced that five foreign terrorism suspects at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay have been charged with war crimes and will face military trial.

Two are from Saudi Arabia, while the other three are from Algeria, Ethiopia and Canada.

A total of nine have now been charged at the US prison camp in Cuba to date, including Australian David Hicks .

The move comes as the US Supreme Court is to consider a challenge to the legality of the military commissions set up to try the suspects.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case mounted on behalf of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, one of the other Guantanamo detainees slated for trial via military commission.

Our correspondent in Washington, Leigh Sales, says the matter will be a major test of the US administration's wartime powers.