Thoughts on Gitmo….

GENEVA (Reuters) – A United Nations human rights investigator said his visit to the U.S. military facility in Guantanamo Bay last week left him wondering whether it would be possible for detainees’ lawyers to mount an adequate defense.

Martin Scheinin visited the naval base in Cuba from December 3-7 at the invitation of the U.S. government, while a tribunal in the case of Salid Ahmed Hamdan, an accused guard for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, was under way.

Scheinin did not address the details of that case in his remarks to the 47-state U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday. But he said: “The hearings provided graphic illustrations of the practical difficulties in providing fair trials at a distant military base.”


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