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No appeal in Gitmo case decision

October 11, 2010

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— The U.S. government announced Sunday it would prosecute the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to face a civilian trial without its star witness because appealing a judge’s ruling excluding him could cause significant delay and inconvenience other witnesses and victims.

Besides, the government said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, there was enough evidence without the star witness to convict Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani of conspiring in 1998 to blow up two U.S. embassies in Africa, killing 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

The decision by the government not to appeal clears the way for the trial to resume Tuesday, when opening statements are expected to begin after a jury is chosen from a pool of about 65 potential jurors in Manhattan.

In the letter, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Farbiarz said the government disagreed with the judge’s decision and would have appealed it under different circumstances.

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uncleandyt 3 years, 6 months ago

Suspects got detained. Detainees got tortured. Torturers got paid for their hard work. Let's not think about that, but if we must, Let's pretend that Justice is involved. $$$

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