Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Judge Denies Access to Gitmo Detainees

Judge Denies Access to Gitmo Detainees
A military judge denied a request Wednesday by lawyers for a Guantanamo detainee seeking immediate access to the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and two other imprisoned top terrorism suspects.

The judge, Navy Capt. Keith Allred, cited "security obstacles" in turning down the attorneys for Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a driver for Osama bin Laden.

The defense hoped to have Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and two other so- called "high value" detainees at Guantanamo testify to show their client was not a hardcore member of al-Qaida and should not be prosecuted under the U.S. military tribunal system, said Charles Swift, one of the lawyers.

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