Let the trials begin…at Gitmo
July 18, 2008 Leave a comment
In Hamden v. Gates , U.S. District Judge James Robertson , rejected the defense appeals to postpone the proceedings and ruled that the first war crimes trial against detainees at Guantanamo Bay can begin .
Salim Hamden, a former driver for Osama bin Laden, is about to become the first Guantanamo prisoner to be tried for war crimes in a major test of the U.S. system for prosecuting alleged terrorists. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday, July 21st.
Hamdan’s lawyers had argued that the trial should be delayed until civilian judges weighed the constitutionality of the tribunal’s rules and procedures.
Robertson said that those challenges could be brought during or after the trial and that he would respect “the balance struck by Congress” when it created the war-crimes tribunal with the 2006 Military Commissions Act.