Alleged September 11 plotters get choice: Go to court or meet with Red Cross

On December 9, 2015, Carol Rosenberg wrote in the Miami Herald “The military judge in the September 11 trial [Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba] inabruptly canceled pretrial hearings for the morning on Wednesday after lawyers announced that some of the accused terrorists were told to choose between meeting with International Red Cross delegates or going to court.”

The ICRC has no intention to deprive detainees of any legal process and we strive to offer a maximum of flexibility when visiting detainees. The ICRC is currently carrying out a regularly scheduled visit to the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay. It is our 111th visit to the facility since 2002. The purpose of our visits is to monitor the conditions of detention and the treatment of the detainees, and ensure that they are able to be in contact with their families. The timing and modalities of our visits form part of our bilateral and confidential dialogue with the authorities and as such, I am not in a position to comment further. Anna K. Nelson, International Committee of the Red Cross, Washington, D.C.

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