February 5, 2013
“If al-Nashiri believes what he did is within his belief and that’s what Allah wanted or his god, well then man up, per se …and stop hiding behind our Constitution.”
An incensed defense team complained at Guantanamo today that, while being transported from his cell to the courtroom, accused USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri got red marks on his wrist.
The forgotten victims of the October 2000 attack in the port of Aden, though, had a message for the al-Qaeda suspect: “Stop hiding like a little girl behind the skirts of Lady Liberty,” in the words of Sharon Pelly, wife of USS Cole sailor Joe Pelly. And to the media: remember who the real victims are.
Al-Nashiri’s lawyers alleged the abuse of their client took place on his way to an afternoon session to hear video testimony from Dr. Vincent Iacopino, author of the UN’s Istanbul Protocol on evaluating torture victims to build a case against offenders.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Reyes began the session by telling Judge James Pohl about the “injuries” to al-Nashiri’s wrist, “some red marks” for which the accused terrorist requested and received medical attention. He asked that the marks be photographed right away, and sought immediate access to any video from the route between the cell and the courtroom.
“We’d like to get to the bottom of what happened,” Reyes said.
The prosecution had no objection to either request.
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