Court rulings dim outlook for Guantanamo trials
The debate over the conspiracy charge won’t be at issue at this week’s hearing. A judge set the four-day proceeding at the base hear arguments on about two dozen defense and prosecution motions that must be resolved prior to a trial that is likely at least a year away.
Among the motions is one from lawyers for the five defendants, who include self-professed terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, requiring the U.S. government to preserve the secret overseas prisons where the men were held, and subjected to harsh interrogations, before they were taken to Guantanamo. Those prisons, they argue, are potential evidence for claims that the prisoners were subjected to torture.