For Immediate Release
ACLU at Guantánamo This Week Monitoring Unconstitutional Military Commissions
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Despite
a pledge from President Obama to close Guantánamo and controversy over
the legitimacy and continuation of the military commission system,
several military commission proceedings will resume there this week.
Jamil Dakwar, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Human
Rights Program, and Denny LeBoeuf, Director of the ACLU John Adams
Project, will observe the proceedings.
Hearings are scheduled for Wednesday
that will focus on the Obama administration's request for an additional
three-month delay in the cases of Mohammed Kamin, an Afghan detainee
who has been held in U.S. custody for more than six years, and Ibrahim
Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi, a Sudanese national who was among the first
group of detainees transferred to Guantánamo in January 2002. Also
Wednesday, a hearing is scheduled to approve the re-assignment of Lt.
Cmdr. William Kuebler as military counsel for Omar Khadr, a Canadian
national slated to be tried for war crimes allegedly committed when he
On Thursday, a military commission
will hear motions related to the competence hearings of Ramzi bin al
Shibh and Mustafa Ahmed al Hawsawi, two 9/11 defendants who are
represented by civilian counsel from the John Adams Project.
Through its John Adams Project, the
ACLU, in partnership with the National Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers, is sponsoring civilian lawyers to assist the under-resourced
military defense counsel representing Guantánamo detainees, including
those accused in the 9/11 attacks.
More information about the John Adams Project is online at: www.aclu.org/johnadams
More information about the ACLU's
call for President-elect Obama to shut down Guantánamo and end the
military commissions is available online at: www.closegitmo.com
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