Friday, November 17, 2006

Witness for the persecution

posted by The Vidiot @ 8:15 PM Permalink

Report: Gitmo Detainees Denied Witnesses

Their report, based on an analysis of records of military hearings of 393 detainees, comes as the U.S. government seeks to severely restrict detainee access to civilian courts, arguing that the Combatant Status Review Tribunals should be their main legal recourse.
The report is based on transcripts of tribunals that the government first released earlier this year in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by The Associated Press as well additional records provided by lawyers for 102 Guantanamo detainees.
Among their findings:

The government did not produce any witnesses in any hearing.
The military denied all detainee requests to inspect the classified evidence against them.
The military refused all requests for defense witnesses who were not detained at Guantanamo.
In 74 percent of the cases, the government denied requests to call witnesses who were detained at the prison.

The Military Commissions Act, which President Bush signed on Oct. 17, strips all non-U.S. citizens held under suspicion of being an enemy combatant of their right to challenge their detention in civilian courts with petitions of habeas corpus.


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