Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Testimony on Torture Allowed at Gitmo Trials

Guantanamo judge allows testimony about torture
FORT MEADE, Md. - February 5, 2013 - Lawyers for the Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of orchestrating the deadly attack on the USS Cole are presenting expert testimony at a pretrial hearing on how to conduct a mental examination of a torture victim.

Dr. Vincent Iacopino will testify Tuesday at the military tribunal in Cuba of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

The judge, Army Col. James Pohl, agreed to hear the testimony before he orders an examination to determine whether al-Nashiri is competent to stand trial.

Defense lawyers say it should be done with sensitivity to Al-Nashiri's history of being waterboarded and threatened with weapons while he was being held by the CIA in secret prisons.

The 2000 bombing of the Navy destroyer in Yemen killed 17 crew members and wounded 37.

Pole refused Monday to suspend the hearing, ruling that defense lawyers had offered no evidence supporting their suspicion that the CIA can eavesdrop on their private conversations with their client.

Pohl said that, unless the defense can offer evidence of eavesdropping, the hearing would continue. read more>>>

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