Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees claim military seized privileged papers

[JURIST] Lawyers for several Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainees claimed Friday that the US military had seized letters from them to their clients and had also taken other legal papers from their clients in an investigation into three inmate suicides [JURIST report] at the camp last month. Defense Department officials have refused to comment on the allegations. A lawyer for one detainee said his client had told him that guards were looking for evidence perhaps suggesting that lawyers had encouraged inmates to commit suicide, a proposition that another lawyer said was simply "ludicrous."

A spokesman for the Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website], which represents several detainees, called the seizure of papers "a huge breach of attorney-client privilege." AP has more.

 

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