Pretrial hearings continued last Wednesday morning at Guantanamo Bay in the 9/11 case.
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Judge Pohl calls the session to order. Optimism for a productive day is in the air. We’ll get through at least four motions today, and are on track to finish up the open sessions and get into this week’s 806-closed session ahead of schedule.
Pre-trial hearings continue Monday morning at Guantanamo Bay in the case of the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks.
Thursday’s open session of the trial of five men accused of plotting 9/11 begins with a testy exchange between Judge Pohl and and one of the accused, Walid Bin Attash, who refuses several instructions to remain quiet and seated.
It’s Wednesday morning and we’re back at Guantanamo Bay for more pre-trial hearings in the case of the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks. The previous two days have been closed sessions, but now we’re all assembled for a public session. We begin, as always, by establishing the identity and presence of the prosecution and of the five defendants and their legal teams. Everybody’s here.
Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins released the following remarks yesterday at Guantanamo Bay before the resumption of pre-trial hearings in the case Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et al.
Army Col. James Pohl, the military judge presiding over the 9/11 military commissions trial at Guantanamo Bay, abruptly canceled this week's hearings on Friday, April 1st. (Insert obligatory no April Fools joke here).
We pick up the February 23 session in the afternoon, with Col. Pohl presiding. (Transcripts from the morning session were not released.) Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who was absent in the morning session, has joined.
Judge review of unredacted versions of documents (AE 112)
Pre-trial sessions resumed this week in the military commission trial of five Guantanamo detainees, who allegedly orchestrated the September 11th attacks. Only three of the five accused were present Monday morning when hearings resumed after the weekend recess. Walid Bin Attash used his right not to be present as a pointed stab in his months-long fight to replace his defense team, writing to the court that he would not attend “because of the presence of the attorneys Cheryl Bormann and Michael Schwartz on my defense team.”
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The commission is called to order with four defendants present (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa al Hawsawi) and one conspicuously absent (Walid bin Attash.) Judge Pohl begins the session by swearing in an unnamed Army Major to confirm that bin Attash voluntarily waived his right to be present.
After a brief moment of confusion related to Appellate Exhibit (AE) 408 - or is it 408A? – everyone gets on the same page and realizes that it’s just bin Attash’s waiver form for today, as opposed to the one from yesterday’s session.