Ramadan delays hearings for 9/11 suspects

American Thinker

More  delays in the trial at Guantanamo of the  9/11 plotters. This time, it’s to allow the defendants to observe the last 10  days of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.



The  next hearing  for five Guantanamo prisoners charged with plotting the September  11  attacks has been postponed for two weeks to allow the defendants to  observe  the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Nashiri’s  hearing had been scheduled to run through Friday but has been cut short  by a  day, also because of Ramadan, the month when devout Muslims fast  during  daylight hours. Many Muslims will observe the start of Ramadan on  Friday,  although some begin and end the fast before or after others  because they follow  different rules or disagree on whether they have  spotted the new crescent moon  that marks the start of the month in  Islam’s lunar calendar.

Pretrial  hearings are scheduled to resume on Tuesday in another death penalty  case at  Guantanamo – that of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, an alleged al  Qaeda chieftain  accused of helping orchestrate a deadly attack on a U.S.  warship off Yemen in 2000.

The  five were arraigned at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in May and  their  next hearing had already been postponed from June because of  scheduling  conflicts among the defense lawyers.

“Today,  the military commission rescheduled its next hearing from August 8-12  to  August 22-26 to accommodate a defense request to avoid hearings  during the last  10 days of Ramadan,” said defense attorney James  Connell, who represents  Mohammed’s nephew, defendant Ali Abdul Aziz Ali,  also known as Ammar al  Baluchi.

The  chief judge in the  Guantanamo war crimes  tribunals, Army Colonel James Pohl, granted the  delay on Monday for the alleged  architect of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh  Mohammed, and four co-defendants who  could face the death penalty if  convicted on charges of conspiring with al  Qaeda and murdering 2,976  people in the hijacked plane attacks of  2001.


In  our eagerness to show how “fair” we are to the terrorists, it is likely that the  murderers who planned the 9/11 attacks will outlive many of us. Given the  potential for courtroom histrionics and the hundreds of motions that the judge  has to sift through and hear arguments for — not to mention delays for holy  days and holy months — the defendants are likely to die of natural causes  before they can be executed.

Can  this trial last a decade? The way it’s going now, anything is  possible.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/07/ramadan_delays_hearings_for_911_suspects.html#ixzz20v7S8fOQ

One thought on “Ramadan delays hearings for 9/11 suspects

  1. That’s fine. Put them out in the courtyard, let them start praying, give me an M-4 with 2 full 30rd mags, and I’ll end the need for any further trials, attorneys, wasted taxpayer dollars, etc. Problem solved. This is how we deal with terrorists- we kill them!

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