Pretrial Hearings Delayed in Three Guantanamo Cases
“Military judges have canceled three war court hearings in a row, effectively leaving Guantánamo’s Camp Justice dark for two months and signaling how much the war crimes cases are still a work in progress,” according to The Miami Herald .
“On Friday, according to attorneys who have seen the order, the Sept. 11 trial judge canceled hearings planned for April 20-24 at the war-court compound in Cuba. Army Col. James L. Pohl, the judge, cited a secret filing that day by a Justice Department team reporting to him about the circumstances of a supposedly since-closed FBI probe of defense attorneys.”
“Earlier, another judge, Air Force Col. Vance H. Spath, canceled this week’s pretrial hearing in the USS Cole case after prosecutors appealed his rejection of a prosecution theory in the case alleging “wanton disregard” for the safety of Yemeni port workers in Aden at the time of al-Qaida’s Oct. 12, 2000 suicide bombing.”
“Separately, the judge in the war court’s third case had earlier canceled pretrial hearings for an alleged al-Qaida commander, Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, that were scheduled for March 23-25. That judge, Navy Capt. J.K. Waits, had been expected to hear defense lawyers argue that the government committed unlawful influence with the rescinded relocation order. But he canceled the hearings a day before the architect of the move-in order resigned, without explanation.”
Daphne Eviatar : “How long will it take for the government to admit that the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay just aren’t working?”