Democracy Now: Judge Bars Torture Discussion from 9/11 Trial at Guantánamo

In news from Guantánamo Bay, a U.S. military judge refused to allow a discussion about torture during a pretrial hearing on Monday in the death penalty case against five prisoners including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. Before their transfer to the Guantánamo U.S. Naval Base in 2006, the defendants were held for years in secret CIA prisons where all five have said they were tortured during interrogations. David Nevin is an attorney for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

David Nevin: “I’m talking about the United States of America tortured my client for three-and-a-half years. It’s a capital case. Do you think that’s something I might want to talk to Mr. Mohammed about? Well, of course it is. But there, defined as ‘contraband’ in the rules [of what detainees can talk about] is quote-unquote ‘the detention of any detainee.'”

Attorney David Nevin went on to criticize the overall court proceedings at Guantánamo.

David Nevin: “It is a court that is designed to achieve a conviction and to do it in such a way that the truth never comes out about what was done to our client, who did it and why, and what it means.”


~ by wheresthemic on October 16, 2012.

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