NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – An accused September 11 conspirator was hustled out of the Guantanamo war crimes courtroom on Monday when he refused to stop shouting during a chaotic hearing that was cut short because one of the lawyers was ill.
“I have the right to talk!” Yemeni defendant Ramzi Binalshibh yelled in English.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – The judge in the Guantanamo war crimes court is to decide this week whether to halt pretrial hearings in the September 11 case until next year so technicians can fix computer problems that defense lawyers say are stymieing their work.
Hearings resume on Monday in the slow-moving case against the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other alleged al Qaeda conspirators who could be executed if convicted of charges that include mass murder, terrorism and hijacking.
MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Gabrielle regenerated and bore down on Bermuda on Tuesday while Tropical Storm Humberto strengthened to the verge of becoming the season’s first Atlantic hurricane, forecasters said.
The burst of activity came right on schedule as the Atlantic-Caribbean storm season hit its traditional peak.
MIAMI, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Gabrielle
regenerated and took aim at Bermuda on Tuesday while Tropical
Storm Humberto strengthened on the cusp of becoming the season’s
first Atlantic hurricane, forecasters said.
The burst of activity came right on schedule as the
Atlantic-Caribbean storm season hit its traditional peak.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Defense lawyers asked the judge in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on Friday to halt pretrial hearings in the 9/11 case until technicians fix a slew of computer and email problems that they said had made it nearly impossible to do their work.
“We’re basically put back in the 19th century,” said Army Major Jason Wright, who represents the alleged mastermind of the hijack plane attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed. “It takes about five to 10 times what it would normally take to do defense functions.”
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Prison guards gave one of the alleged 9/11 conspirators a copy of the erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” according to a defense lawyer who suggested on Wednesday that the unwanted gift was part of a campaign aimed at discrediting his client.
U.S. Representative Jim Moran of Virginia caused a sensation last month when he returned from a visit to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and quoted guards as saying the soft-porn “Grey” novels were the most-requested reading material among the prison’s highest-profile inmates.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Star defendant Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appeared to doze off momentarily on Wednesday during an arcane courtroom debate over whether the charges against him and four alleged co-conspirators in the September 11 plot were properly sent to trial as a death penalty case.
The issue is literally a matter of life and death, but the legal debate has inched along over several pretrial hearings at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, rendering it torpid.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Attorneys defending a Guantanamo prisoner charged in the 9/11 plot turned the tables on Tuesday and asked for restrictions on the way the CIA can use private information that defense lawyers generate.
Previous discussions of classified information in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal have focused on defense lawyers’ responsibility to safeguard information collected by the government.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – An FBI agent and a U.S. military investigator testified on Monday that a Saudi prisoner accused in the September 11 plot had freely and voluntarily answered their questions during an interrogation at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in 2007.
But at the pretrial hearing, a defense attorney for the prisoner, Mustafa al Hawsawi, questioned how voluntary those statements could have been after 4-1/2 years in CIA and U.S. military custody.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal are pushing the judge to set a September 2014 trial date in the 9/11 case, a decision that could hinge on how deeply the defense is allowed to delve into the defendants’ treatment in secret CIA prisons.
A U.S. military judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, will hear arguments on the issue in a weeklong pretrial hearing that begins on Monday at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.