Alleged bin Laden aide boycotts Gitmo review hearing

Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, one of four suspects at Guantanamo Bay charged with war crimes and the alleged accountant of Osama bin Laden, skipped a hearing Friday to review his detention status, which his attorney was barred from attending. It was not clear whether al Qosi's boycott was related to his attorney's restriction. Al-Qosi, who has been charged with working as an accountant for the al-Qaida chief and is scheduled for trial in December, was the 30th detainee to skip the proceedings, which have been criticized by some as unfair.

Al-Qosi's attorney, Air Force Lt. Col. Sharon Shaffer, said she was not informed when the hearing would take place and that she was kept from Guantanamo Bay for the past two weeks. The Department of Defense has more on the detainee review process. Charges against Al-Qosi can be viewed here [PDF]. JURIST's Paper Chase has additional coverage on proceedings at Guantanamo Bay. AP has more.

 

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