It’s Monday, and pretrial proceedings resume in the case of alleged al-Qaeda commander Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, aka Nashwan al-Tamir.
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On Tuesday, the case of U.S. v. Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi was called back to session but, this time, not with the usual players. Colonel Peter S. Rubin of the USMC replaced Captain Waits as the military judge presiding over the commission. Because of this shake-up, which was not explained during the course of the hearing, Colonel Rubin opened the floor for voir dire. The trial counsel had no immediate questions for the judge, but the defense counsel, led by Brent Rushforth, spent the first morning session questioning the judge.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made headlines once again yesterday by saying that he would be “fine” with trying American citizens accused of terrorism in military commissions at Guantanamo Bay.
Pre-trial hearings continue Monday morning at Guantanamo Bay in the case of the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks.
And we’re back—though not to the 9/11 case or the Al Nashiri case, but instead to the pre-trial hearing of Abd al Hadi al Iraqi. As Nora Ellingsen detailed when Hadi’s case first came before the commission in May, Hadi has been charged with serious violations of the law of war in his alleged role as an al Qaeda commander who oversaw a series of attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.
Military Commissions Deputy Chief Prosecutor Robert C. Moscati issued the following statement yesterday prior to this week's military commission pre-trial hearings in the case of Abd al Hadi al Iraqi. Keep an eye on Lawfare for additional coverage of the hearings.
Earlier today, State Department Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure Lee S. Wolosky and his Defense Department counterpart Paul M. Lewis testified before the the House Foreign Affairs Committee regarding the Obama administration's detainee release process.
Lee Wolosky - Statement for the Record
The commission is called to order Thursday morning with all attorneys and the defendants accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks in attendance. The morning session will be dedicated to hearing testimony from Gouled Hassan Dourad, a Somali detainee housed in Camp VII in Guantanamo Bay alongside the five accused. Gouled has been in detention at Guantanamo since 2006, before which he was in a CIA black site for two and a half years. He does not have a lawyer and has not been charged with any crime.
It’s Tuesday morning at Guantanamo, and the military judge calls the military commission session to order. No, this is not the 9/11 case. It’s not even the Al Nashiri case. And no, the military judge isn’t Col. James Pohl.
The judge is Navy Captain J. Kirk Waits and this military commission is the forgotten stepchild of the military commission system: Abd al Hadi Al Iraqi’s trial.