Gitmo lawyer banned to talk torture

A lawyer for a 9/11 suspect, who is jailed in the notorious US-run Guantanamo prison, has criticized the limitations imposed on him for even talking about the torture of his client.

James Connell says the US military court that is hearing their case has barred him from reading out his client’s personal account of his alleged abuse.

Medical records show Connell’s 36-year-old client, Ammar al-Baluchi, has suffered long lasting health problems as a result of a head injury he apparently sustained during an interrogation in the CIA’s network of overseas prisons between 2003 and 2006, before he was taken to Guantanamo in September 2006.

Al-Baluchi, told medical officials at the US base in Cuba that he suffered lasting auditory and visual hallucinations, headaches, memory loss and delusions as a result of the injury, Connell said Wednesday.

“Mr. al-Baluchi reported maltreatment and nothing happened,” the lawyer told the judge in the military commission where the five Guantanamo prisoners accused of aiding the 9/11 attack face charges that include terrorism, hijacking and murder for their alleged roles in the attack. “These records just moldered away with no follow-up.”

Connell has also said he was prevented from sending the document to a third party such as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.

The lawyer insists that forbidding them from presenting torture evidence violates the UN Convention against Torture.

Other lawyers have also complained about the issue, saying it is important to discuss torture claims because all their five defendants face the death penalty if convicted.

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Source: Press TV