US delaying payment to Guantanamo lawyers: ACLU Devin Montgomery at 8:31 AM ET
[JURIST] The US government is preventing the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] from paying lawyers defending Guantanamo Bay terrorism suspects on trial before US military commissions [JURIST news archive], ACLU director Anthony Romero said Tuesday. Lawyers for the group's John Adams Project [advocacy website] are defending detainees included on the US Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control [official website] list of sanctioned persons [PDF text], but the project must have special licenses in order to pay for the defense [regulatory text, PDF] of the suspects. Romero said the department is unnecessarily delaying the granting of the licenses, and that the project already owes the lawyers more than $200,000 in fees. Treasury Department spokesman John Rankin said the department works as quickly as possible to process all license requests. The Miami Herald has more.
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