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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Trial of Man Once Held at Guantánamo Opens"

From the New York Times:

In the first civilian trial of a former Guantánamo detainee, the word Guantánamo was not uttered in front of the jury as the case began on Tuesday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

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The trial of Mr. Ghailani has been widely anticipated since last year, when he became the first Guantánamo detainee moved into the civilian system. After he was captured in 2004, he spent nearly five years at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and, earlier, in overseas jails run by the Central Intelligence Agency, where his lawyers have said that he was tortured.

In the trial, there are expected to be no references to Guantánamo and the C.I.A.’s so-called black sites — or to the claims of torture — because the government and the defense agreed to limit their focus to the events around the 1998 attacks.

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