Judge Says Guantanamo Case Must Go On Though Defense Lawyers Have Quit


A federal decide has denied a request from a Guantanamo detainee to cease hearings in his case though all of the detainee’s civilian legal professionals have refused to participate, saying they suppose the federal government could also be eavesdropping on attorney-client communications.

Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., mentioned Thursday that hearings at Camp Justice in Guantanamo should proceed for Abd al-Rahim Hussein al-Nashiri, who’s accused of bombing the USS Cole. According to McClatchy, the protection instantly responded with a movement alleging that Al-Nashiri is being unlawfully detained.

The Marine normal who heads al-Nashiri’s protection, and leads all protection groups on the army fee in Cuba, continues to be confined to a trailer behind Camp Justice after the decide within the case discovered him in contempt.

Brig. Gen. John Baker had excused the civilian attorneys from responsibility due to their issues about surveillance. The decide discovered him in contempt Wednesday after he refused to rescind the excusal or testify in regards to the absence of the civilian legal professionals.

The decide, Air Force Col. Vance Spath, ordered Baker confined for 21 days in his quarters and fined him $1,000. A senior official on the Pentagon will evaluate the contempt findings towards Baker — the primary at Guantanamo — and his sentence.

Karen Greenberg, a terrorism professional and writer of a e book about Guantanamo, mentioned it is unknown what kind of surveillance the protection is alleging, however there’s previous precedent. “We know that in the past … an FBI mole was put on the defense team. We know that there were CIA listening devices placed in the courtroom that even the judge didn’t know about. … We know listening devices were found in rooms where defense attorneys and clients met.”

In 2013, microphones had been found within the protection badembly rooms at Guantanamo, and the federal government confirmed that it had learn some protection emails.

“We can’t even imagine what is out there now,” mentioned Greenberg, who heads the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.

The civilian protection attorneys defending al-Nashiri requested to be faraway from his case on Oct. 6. The legal professionals mentioned that previous and probably ongoing surveillance of attorney-client conversations, in addition to guidelines that made it laborious to speak with their shopper, rendered it not possible for them to characterize him correctly.

Image: Brig. Gen. John G. Baker

Brig. Gen. John G. Baker