Laywer Says Guantanamo Detainee Was Tortured, Rights Violated

Monday, Jan 11, 2010  |  Updated 5:16 PM EDT
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Laywer Says Guantanamo Detainee Was Tortured, Rights Violated

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A lawyer in New York has asked charges be dismissed against the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be brought to civilian court, saying he was tortured for 14 hours over five days and denied trial for four years.

     Attorney Peter Enrique Quejano told Judge Lewis Kaplan Monday that the right to a speedy trial means charges should be dismissed against his client, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani. Kaplan did not immediately rule in Manhattan federal court.
    
Quejano said Ghailani was subjected to so-called enhanced interrogation methods for 14 hours over a five-day period.
    
Ghailani is accused of deadly bombings at two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.
    
Prosecutors say the delay in bringing him to trial was to gain information to save lives.

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