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Judge: Guantanamo Tribunals to Have Secret Witnesses

 
 
oralloy
 
Reply Sat 1 Dec, 2007 05:13 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/01/us/nationalspecial3/01gitmo.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/12/01/america/gitmo.1-181335.php

(Both links should go to the same text, unless I screwed up.)
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Reply Sat 1 Dec, 2007 07:11 pm
Defense lawyers say the order would hamper their ability to build an adequate defense because they cannot ask their client or anyone else about prosecution witnesses, making it difficult to test the veracity of testimony.
Mr. Khadr's military defense lawyer, Lt. Cmdr. William C. Kuebler of the Navy, said that while he has been given a list of prosecution witnesses, the judge's decision requires him to keep secrets from his client and that he would ask Colonel Brownback to revoke the order. He said it treated Mr. Khadr as if he had already been convicted and deprived him of a trial at which the public could assess the evidence against him.
Most witnesses in Mr. Khadr's case are expected to be military personnel who took part in a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan when an American special forces soldier, Sgt. First Class Christopher James Speer, 28, was fatally wounded. Mr. Khadr, who was 15 at the time, was badly injured.
"It is so fundamental," General Hartmann said, "that we're in this global war on terror. We need to protect our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines and there's nothing nefarious about it."
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