Aug 21, 2012
Five men accused over the September 11 attacks will appear Wednesday at a US military court in Guantanamo Bay, where defense lawyers aim to address the prisoners’ torture.
The preliminary hearing, originally postponed for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is expected to run until August 28, and will prepare a trial that is not expected to take place for at least a year.
In written motions filed with the military commission on the 9/11 trials, defense lawyers aim to denounce abuses against the accused.
The details of the abuses have been classified by the US government as “top secret,” prohibiting the defendants or their lawyers to discuss the specifics of their torture at trial.
Before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2006, the five men were held in secret CIA prisons, where they were subjected to interrogation tactics that amounted to torture and were banned by President Barack Obama in 2009.