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UPDATED: 07:22, September 14, 2006
Two Malaysians in maximum detention at Guantanamo Bay
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Two Malaysian suspected terrorists, who have been recently transferred to the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, are being held in a maximum detention facility, the Bernama news agency reported Wednesday.

Along with 12 other suspected terrorists, the two Malaysians have been transferred from secret camps of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, an official source in Washington told the Bernama.

The two persons, said to be affiliated with Jemaah Islamiah (JI) and Al Qaida, are identified as Mohd Farik bin Amin or Zaid ( Zubair) and Mohammed Nazir bin Lep or Bashir bin Lep (Lillie). They were captured in 2003.

The White House claimed they were suicide operatives for an Al Qaida "second wave" attack targeting Los Angeles.

The official source, who did not want to be identified, said there were no charges leveled against the two men and the other high-profile detainees yet.

Those men might not likely be brought to trial this year as the military commission "to try terrorists for war crimes" proposed by the Bush administration has not yet been created, said the source.

The draft legislation on the setting up of the military commission was only introduced last week by U.S. President George Bush, and has not been debated or approved by Congress.

"These men will be detained at Guantanamo until the end of hostilities in the global war on terror or until the outcome of the trial," said the source.

Zubair and Lillie are fed halal food and given the opportunity to perform their daily prayers, to fast and to perform prayers during Ramadan, said the Bernama report.

As prisoners at Guantanamo, they get a set of clothing, a pair of shoes and slippers, a towel, mattress, sheets, a prayer mat, a copy of the Quran and tasbih (prayer beads).

Exposure to the outside world is very limited. Though there have been no reports of escaped prisoners in the base, a few prisoners were reported to have committed suicide following mental breakdown, said the report.

Last week, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi confirmed the detention of two Malaysians at Guantanamo Bay for alleged terrorist activities.

Badawi said he has instructed Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar to get in touch with the Malaysian Embassy in Washington to provide necessary assistance, including legal representation when they are brought to American court.

Source: Xinhua


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