Sunday, December 13, 2009

[wvns] Defense Department Held in Contempt

Defense Department Held in Contempt

A federal judge ruled the Defense Department in contempt of court for not videotaping the testimony of a Guantánamo Bay detainee so that the public and the news media could see it. The judge, Gladys Kessler of Federal District Court in Washington, is demanding a detailed explanation of why the Pentagon did not follow her directions and tape the testimony of the detainee, Mohammed Al-Adahi of Yemen. He testified in June in a challenge to his indefinite detention. In court papers, the government said the Defense Department inadvertently failed to tell the command at Guantánamo Bay to videotape the proceedings. The government is appealing an August order from Judge Kessler to "take all necessary and appropriate diplomatic steps" to release Mr. Al-Adahi.



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