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Judge Allows Trial Despite Long Detention in Terror Case

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BENJAMIN WEISER
NY Times
July 13, 2010

A federal judge has rejected a claim by a terrorist defendant in Manhattan that his nearly five years of detention by the American government before being transferred into the civilian court system violated his Constitutional right to a speedy trial.

The ruling comes in the case of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who last year became the first former detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to be moved into the civilian court system for trial.

The decision by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of United States District Court in Manhattan could make it easier for the Obama administration to try other former detainees, like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the professed planner of the 9/11 plot, in the civilian system.

“The government is entitled to attempt to hold Ghailani accountable in a court of law for his alleged complicity in the murder of 224 people and the injury of more than 1,000 others,” the judge wrote, refusing to dismiss the charges against Mr. Ghailani.

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