Gitmo chief ordered to testify
January 17th, 2012
11:18 AM ET

Gitmo chief ordered to testify

By Larry Shaughnessy reporting from Ft. Meade, Maryland

Col. James Pohl, the judge in the military commission hearing for Abd al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al Nashiri, a suspect in the USS Cole bombing, has ordered Rear Adm. David Woods to testify Wednesday in the hearing.

His testimony will focus on his order under which legal mail between Nashiri and his lawyers is read by government officials.  Some legal ethics experts have said the order violates the privilege of private communication between an attorney and his client.

Pohl is presiding over a two-day hearing in which he'll address ten motions filed by both the defense and the government in the upcoming capital trial against Nashiri.

Earlier Tuesday, he granted a motion filed by the government and supported by the defense that would allow for more public viewing opportunities of the closed circuit hearing from Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, where the hearing is being held and the United States.  Right now the public is allowed to see the live closed circuit feed at Ft. Meade, MD.  Both sides agrees it should made available to the "widest possible" audience.  Pohl granted the motion.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. ZACAHARIAH 14

    WOW VERY SAD A SIGN OF WEAKNESS

    January 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  2. Phil in Oregon

    If you give a terrorist anything to work with he will kill you with it. Some rules need to be suspended for terrorists. They are not to be trusted in any way.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply

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