Alexandra Kutner is currently at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to observe proceedings in the al Nashiri case on behalf of the Center for Policy and Research.
Alleged architect of the USS Cole bombing Abd al Rahim al Nashiri’s motion hearing went off without a hitch yesterday morning. Al Nashiri met with his learned counsel Rick Kammen after the court recessed on Monday, and the pair appear to have worked out whatever problems led to al Nashiri’s attempt to fire Kammen. Al Nashiri spoke unshackled to the court, apologizing for the delay. Nashiri believes himself to be in a “unique, strange court,” and noted that he is not permitted to attend or learn of the Top Secret pretrial sessions his attorneys go to. Further, he has yet to be granted permission to meet with his preferred attorney, Ahmad Assed. Whether al Nashiri caused the delay as a tactic, or genuinely felt that Kammen was not properly performing his duty, the delay worked in his favor. It gave al Nashiri an opportunity to address the court directly and speak openly before Army Judge Col. James Pohl.
Judge Pohl, not directly addressing al Nashiri, ordered the defense and prosecution teams to resume the scheduled pretrial hearing. The full day covered a number of motions presented by the defense in hopes of narrowing Nashiri’s trial scheduled to February. The al Nashiri motion hearing is to reconvene tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for a closed hearing to discuss classified motions. It will be open to NGOs on Friday at 9:00 a.m.
A more substantial reading of today’s motion hearing to come.
Alexandra Kutner, Research Fellow
Center for Policy and Research