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US sticks to Bush stand on Bagram detainees

THE Obama administration on Friday told a federal judge it would not deviate from the Bush administration's position that detainees held at a US air base in Afghanistan have no right to sue in US courts.

In one of his first acts in office, President Barack Obama ordered the closure within one year of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

However, Obama has not yet decided what to do about the makeshift prison at the US military base in Bagram, where the US government is holding about 600 prisoners.

Last month Obama directed a task force to study the government's overall detainee policy and report back to him in six months.

But the new administration faced a February 20 deadline to tell US District Court Judge John Bates whether it would "refine" the Bush administration's position on four men being held at Bagram who have filed lawsuits against their detention.

In a brief filing with the court the Justice Department said it would stick to the previous government's position, which argued the four men - who have been detained at Bagram for over six years - had no right to challenge their detention in a US court.


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