De­fen­dant in re­cov­ery doesn’t halt 9/11 case at Guan­tanamo

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

GUAN­TANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, CUBA | A U.S. mil­i­tary judge turned down a re­quest Mon­day to halt the lat­est round of Sept. 11 war crimes pro­ceed­ings at Guan­tanamo Bay while one of five de­fen­dants re­cov­ers from a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure.

Army Col. James Pohl said de­fen­dant Mustafa al-Haw­sawi may be ex­cused from pre­trial hear­ings in the case this week at the U.S. base in Cuba, but that his ap­par­ently painful re­cov­ery is not an ad­e­quate jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to post­pone the pro­ceed­ings sched­uled to run through Fri­day.

The prison doc­tor who over­sees med­i­cal care in Camp 7, the max­i­mum­se­cu­rity unit where the de­fen­dant is held with four other al­leged mem­bers of the Sept. 11 con­spir­acy, tes­ti­fied that the Saudi un­der­went hem­or­rhoid surgery at the base Oct. 14. De­fense at­tor­ney Wal­ter Ruiz said the 48-year-old de­fen­dant can­not sit for pro­longed pe­ri­ods in court.

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