Bush officials weigh extradition options

WASHINGTON -- In select cases, the Bush administration is considering making concessions on both the death penalty and the use of military tribunals to gain custody of suspected terrorists held in Europe, a senior U.S. official said.

It is the first indication that the United States might be willing to negotiate with other countries on how suspected terrorists will be tried.

England, Italy, Germany and Spain all hold suspected members of Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization, al-Qaida. Those nations condemn the death penalty and have signed a 1950s-era treaty that bans extradition to states where the death penalty might be used.

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