Judge Bars Coerced Statements in Guantanamo Trial
Posted on Mon Jul 21, 2008 at 11:14:30 PM EST
Tags: Military commissions, Salim Hamdan (all tags)
The military commission trial of Osama bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, got underway today.
The Judge barred the prosecution from introducing statements Hamdan made while detained at Bagram AFB in Afghanistan because they were the product of overly coercive techniques.
The judge said the prosecution cannot use a series of interrogations at the Bagram air base and Panshir, Afghanistan, because of the "highly coercive environments and conditions under which they were made."
At Bagram, the judge found Hamdan was kept in isolation 24 hours a day with his hands and feet restrained, and armed soldiers prompted him to talk by kneeing him in the back. His captors at Panshir repeatedly tied him up, put a bag over his head and knocked him the ground.
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