A grand jury indictment describes the former Guantánamo base commander as having a fight with a commissary worker, an affair with the worker’s wife and covering up both, before and after the worker was found drowned.
Air Force Col. Vance Spath, the former judge in Guantánamo’s USS Cole death-penalty trial, spent more than half his tenure on the war court bench seeking a job as an immigration judge in the Department of Justice.
Under questioning from a Marine judge, the lawyer for accused 9/11 plot mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed said he had a written, proposed plea deal in the summer of 2017 and had it delivered to the Pentagon official overseeing the war court. Another defense lawyer in the death-penalty case said it subsequently vanished.
Defense lawyers in the 9/11 case arrived at Guantánamo for a week-long pretrial hearing to find a mold infestation in their top-secret work spaces. Health and safety inspectors were on the scene Sunday, Veterans Day.
Prison guards set up a hospital bed inside Guantánamo’s expeditionary war court so a new Marine judge could get through the preliminaries in a pretrial hearing for an alleged al-Qaida commander on painkillers.
A Guantánamo hearing for an Iraqi accused of leading al-Qaida’s army in Afghanistan abruptly ended after the captive, who is recovering from 5 spine surgeries, had back spasms in court, was administered opiates and taken to the prison acute care unit by ambulance.
Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay in exchange for captured American army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group’s political office in Qatar.