Comment from ACLU Attorney Attending Al-Nashiri Hearing at Guantánamo

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Comment from ACLU Attorney Attending Al-Nashiri Hearing at Guantánamo

Military Commissions Especially Unfit to Try Death Penalty Cases, Says ACLU

GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba - The American Civil Liberties Union is at Guantánamo today to monitor the pretrial proceedings of Abd al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri, who could face the death penalty if convicted. No capital case has been completed by the Guantánamo military commissions. Al-Nashiri, who was tortured while in U.S. custody, is accused of planning the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

Zachary Katznelson, senior staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project, is at Guantánamo observing al-Nashiri’s hearing. “This military commission threatens to put someone to death based on coerced evidence and hearsay. That is no way to run a trial, let alone convince the world that America is committed to justice.” Katznelson said. “Terrorism suspects should be tried in our time-tested federal courts, and that is especially true where the government is seeking to impose the death penalty.”

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