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Prosecutor: five traded Taliban could not be successfully prosecuted

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BergdahlThe chief prosecutor in the military commission said Sunday that he had concluded that the five Taliban members released for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could not have been successfully prosecuted.

Brig. Gen. Mark Martins said he concurred with a study conducted a few years ago that found prosecutors were unlikely to win convictions against about 200 detainees, including the five traded for Bergdahl. Republicans such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have derided the swap, saying it will put U.S. troops at risk.

"I concluded there was not a successful prosecution to be made," Martins said.

Sunday's announcement indicates that the five Taliban probably would have to be released when, and if, the detention center here closes down, a pledge made by President Obama. Martins made the determination, he said, after reviewing the findings of the study and the files of each man.

Meanwhile at Guantanamo, while lawyers prepare for legal action this week, inmates of the world's most infamous prison — accused of being the world's most notorious terrorists — are enjoying soccer.

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