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Passion Islam I February 2010 ORLD NEWSW I 13
US court urged to dismiss
Guantanamo case
The criminal case against the Bay in 2006 and his case was moved “The government is not trying to
first detainee transferred from to Manhattan federal court last June. gain an advantage over the defendant
Guantanamo Bay for trial in a U.S. In oral arguments before U.S. at trial,” but to “incapacitate others”
civilian court should be thrown out District Judge Lewis Kaplan, lawyers and pursue “third parties,” said
because he was denied the right to for Ghailani said the “political Farbiarz.
a speedy trial, defense lawyers have decision” to put off a trial while he “I think everybody can agree
argued. was interrogated should not mean that whatever I do here would be
The government countered that he gives up his rights under the U.S unprecedented,” the judge said,
the prosecution of Ahmed Khalfan Constitution. alluding to the importance of the
Ghailani a Tanzanian national proceeding, which coincided with
charged for his alleged role in the the anniversary of the first group
1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in of 20 detainees being brought to
Tanzania and Kenya was delayed Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-Ray
for a legitimate reason: gathering in 2002.
high-value intelligence from Lawyers were barred
Ghailani during interrogations. from discussing Ghailani’s
The prosecution described interrogations. But at one
its national security needs as point, Quijano said “enhanced
“weightier, more significant” than interrogation techniques” were
a speedy trial demands. used on Ghailani during a five-day
The case is being watched period.” That term is commonly
for precedents that could used to describe simulated
affect others, including that of drowning and other methods of
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the torture.
accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 The government “clearly chose “For the first two months in the
attacks, who is also due to be tried in to ignore his Constitutional rights black site..., he literally did not know
Manhattan federal court. and instead chose to transform him whether the next morning he’d be
Ghailani was taken into custody in from an accused defendant to an taken out and shot,” attorney Peter
Pakistan in July 2004 and interrogated intelligence asset and relegated him Quijano told federal Judge Lewis
outside the United States as part to a modern-day gulag,” said defense Kaplan.
of the Bush administration’s secret lawyer Peter Quijano. The treatment “reduced him to
“extraordinary rendition” program But assistant U.S. Attorney Michael a state of helplessness, where he
under which terrorism suspects Farbiarz said the burden of proof for was physically, emotionally and
were captured in one country and the case to be thrown out lies with the psychologically unable to resist.”
interrogated in another at secret CIA defense and Ghailani had failed to Farbiarz then approached Quijano,
“black sites”. demand a speedy trial while held at who indicated he would not say any
He was transferred to Guantanamo Guantanamo Bay. more on the subject.
Bangladeshi cabbie in
NY returns cash left in taxi
A Bangladeshi taxi driver in New York as a devout Muslim he could not accept cash, Mr Asadujjaman said the money
City has gone out of his way to track it. would have allowed him more time
down the person who left thousands of Felicia Lettieri, 72 of Pompeii, Italy, to study, “but my heart said this is not
dollars in cash in the back of his cab. and six relatives had taken two cabs good”.
Mukul Asadujjaman, a medical on Christmas Eve and left her purse “I’m needy, but I’m not greedy,” he
student, drove nearly 80kms (50 miles) behind, with more than $21,000 of the said. “It’s better to be honest.”
to an address he found with the money. group’s travelling money, jewellery worth Mr Asadujjaman is not the first honest
He left his phone number when thousands more, and some of their American-Bangladeshi cabbie to hit the
he found no one at home. The money passports. headlines for noble behaviour.
belonged to an Italian grandmother Her sister, Francesca Lettieri, 79, of In 2007, driver Osman Chowdhury
visiting the US. Long Island, said the honest driver had returned a lost bag containing diamond
Mr Asadujjaman was offered a saved her family’s vacation. rings worth $500,000 to the rightful
reward, but he turned it down saying that Asked if he was tempted to keep the owner.
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