A defense lawyer for accused terrorist Abd al-Rahim Al-Nashiri is asking to have video feeds of his military commission trial at Guantánamo distributed to broadcast outlets citing public interest in the proceedings. The judge questioned whether he had authority to grant the request.
Fort Meade, Maryland
A defense lawyer for the accused mastermind of the USS Cole suicide-bombing urged a military judge on Thursday to permit open television broadcasting of his client’s military commission trial at Guantánamo.
The lawyer, Richard Kammen, told Judge James Pohl that significant public interest and the novel and controversial nature of the military commission process necessitates wider public scrutiny.
“We want to increase the transparency,” Mr. Kammen said. “We want greater numbers of the public to be exposed to this.”
The lawyer for accused terrorist Abd al-Rahim Al-Nashiri is seeking to have video feeds of the ongoing litigation in the case distributed to broadcast outlets such as C-Span, Fox, and CNN, among others.
The motion was among several legal arguments made during a pre-trial hearing in a high-security courtroom at the US Naval Base, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. A video feed of the proceedings is being transmitted to a media monitoring facility at Fort Meade, outside Washington, D.C.
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