Saturday, January 09, 2010

Evidence Thrown Out in Terror Trial

Here it begins.

A federal judge has tossed out most of the government's evidence against a tarrorism detainee on grounds his confessions were coerced, allegedly by U.S. forces, before he became a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay.

In a ruling this week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan also said the government failed to establish that 23 statements the detainee made to interrogators at Guantanamo Bay were untainted by the earlier coerced statements made while he was held under harsh conditions in Afghanistan.

...The judge said he was particularly concerned that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay relied on or had access to the coerced confessions from Afghanistan made by Al Madhwani.

The logical inference from the record, said the judge, is that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay reviewed Al Madhwani's coerced confessions with him and asked him to make identical confessions.

The judge DID allow some evidence from a military tribunal, so the guy remains in detention.

HT: Ace


Deekaman said...

Wait...we were going to find them all guilty and they would pay....wha...wha...why...I'm shocked, just shocked.

I believe we all said this would happen MONTHS ago.

But hey...we look much better in the eyes of the rest of the world. If weaker is better.

VSO said...

And so it begins.