9/11 prisoners's hearing to take place digitally

                       The hearing is to be carried out via video chat 


The prosecutors and defenders are searching for a way to let lawyers talk with prisoners.
In order to restore some access to Guantanamo’s isolated detainees, prosecutors in the trial over the September 11, 2001 attacks are proposing weekly video meetings between the five defendants and their lawyers, which would require both sides to work around social distancing protocols mandated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The lawyers of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the lead defendant in the death penalty case had asked trial judge to let him speak with his lead lawyer, Gary D. Sowards, who is in self-quarantine in Manhattan, in making the request they agreed that conversation could be monitored.
In their side prosecutors demanded hour-long video conferences, a complicated endeavour that will require guards moving the defendants across the courtroom to speak with their lawyers one by one through a secure video link to war headquarters in Alexandria, Va.
The court has been closed since February 25 and the judges in charge have cancelled hearings because the prison, in order to limit the virus spread, has imposed strict restrictions on access to the detainees.
As the international committee of Red Cross said that it cancelled its quarterly visits to the prison, which was scheduled for May 22, to June 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The organization which helps connect the families and the prisoners since the prison’s opening in 2002.






Source:NYT

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