WASHINGTON – A military judge on Tuesday postponed the armedisation of three prisoners in Guantánamo Bay who were scheduled to appear in their first court of custody for 17 years, noting that the coronovirus epidemic traveled to the naval base It was made very risky to do.
The Indonesian prisoner known as Hambli has been held since 2003 as the former leader of a Southeast Asian extremist group, and the two convicts were scheduled to appear in war court on 22 February. But Colonel Charles L. Pritchard Jr. The military judge who traveled to Guantánamo this week ruled that “various counseles believe that traveling from the base poses a significant threat to their health”.
Colonel Pritchard Guantánamo is the most recent military judge to appear on the Bench of the Military Commission, and the latest to postpone a proceeding on Coronavirus in about a year of its cancellation. On September 11, 2001, the pretrial hearing in the death penalty case against five people accused of conspiring has been delayed for one year.
Judges, court personnel and attorneys bound for the trial began a quarantine in the Washington area on the weekend before the charter flight to a base on Thursday.
Once, passengers had to be individually separated for 14 days on the basis of 6,000 residents from the risk of infection and under a plan prepared by prosecutors to protect those in jail.
The judge wrote in a seven-page order on Tuesday, “The risks to the health and safety of those participating in the threats are high due to the global COVID-19 epidemic.” “The government’s proposed risk mitigates the risk of mitigation, but the risk still persists.” He Suggested that it may not be safe to travel to Aadhaar by the end of summer.
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The case was defunct in the Trump administration, but on the second day of the Biden administration, a senior Pentagon officer appointed under the Trump administration as in-charge of military commissions approved the prosecution.
The defendants include Mr. Hambley, who is charged as Encep Nurjman and former leader of the extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah, and his accused partners, Mohammad Nazir bin Lep and Mohammed Farooq bin Amin, who are Malaysians.
The three were arrested in Thailand in 2003 and are accused of plotting a nightclub bombing in Bali in 2002., Which killed 202 people, and the 2003 bombing at the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, killing at least 11 people and injuring at least 80. He spent his first three years in the CIA’s secret prisoner network before relocating to Guantánamo for trial in 2006.
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Military commission rules required a detainee to be brought to court within 30 days of the approval of the charges, but the judge ruled to suspend that watch.
Colonel Pritchard, who heads the Army’s Southeastern Court Circuit, had to travel to Washington last week before traveling to Guantanamo. He The majority of the people, who have not yet been vaccinated against the virus, nor inmates have been vaccinated, noted in its judgment.
He The Biden administration also noted the decision on Saturday to postpone the plan to vaccinate 40 jailed detainees this week. Under the initial plan, all three defendants could voluntarily obtain their shots for the February 1 and their boosters for the February 22 date.
As of Tuesday, the Maderna vaccine was offered to all soldiers and other service members working in the prison operation, Major Gregory J. McElwain, an army spokesman, who declined to say how many out of the estimated 1,500 refused. Is taking a shot. Naval medical personnel have been vaccinating volunteers among the base’s residents in phases since 9 January.
This week, as part of the phased program, school teachers and foreign staff were offered vaccines at the base commissionary and bar, as were maritime forces that guarded the base’s perimeter.
Prosecutors proposed to adjourn the hearing for April 3. The judge wrote that he would issue “a new order in due time”.