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