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The trial and the errors of the Abu Ghaith arrest

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Since US President Barack Obama cranked up the drone programme, the United States has been like the unyielding Robocop film character: "I'm not going to arrest you any more." 

But last month, Turkey's MIT, the national intelligence service, found, detained and allowed the CIA to rendition the first known high-value prisoner in some time.

Instead of meeting death at the pointed end of a drone-delivered missile, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith will become the first high-ranking al-Qaeda terrorist to be treated like a criminal since Mr Obama took office. Unless the US president's plans are derailed, Mr Abu Ghaith won't go to the Guantanamo Bay prison, won't appear at a military tribunal and won't get an open-ended sentence of detention.

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