Pandemic-Related Sickness Forces Cancellation of Sept. 11 Hearing at Guantánamo

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Politics|Pandemic-related unwellness forces cancellation of Sept. 11 proceeding astatine Guantánamo.

Camp Justice, wherever  the Guantanamo subject   commissions are held, astatine  the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base successful  Cuba connected  September 7.
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Carol Rosenberg

  • Sept. 17, 2021Updated 11:29 a.m. ET

FORT MEADE, Md. — Illness related to the coronavirus pandemic connected Friday caused the subject justice successful the Sept. 11, 2001 lawsuit to abruptly cancel a proceeding and extremity this month’s pretrial league a time early.

Lawyers, the defendants and the judge, Col. Matthew N. McCall of the Air Force, were owed successful tribunal Friday greeting for the last time of arguments successful a two-week proceeding of the lawsuit involving a defendant’s continuing effort to get accusation astir his forced shaving successful some C.I.A. custody and successful 2007 astatine Guantánamo.

These were the archetypal hearings of the coronavirus pandemic, and signaled a restarting of the lawsuit with a caller judge, who said Monday the trial could not statesman for astatine slightest a year.

Lawyers sent connection Friday that the proceeding was canceled due to the fact that of unwellness among immoderate proceedings participants arsenic good arsenic the find by a reporter, who returned to the United States from Guantánamo Bay connected Sunday, that helium was infected with the virus. The newsman was afloat vaccinated.

The naval basal successful Cuba, with astir 6,000 residents and a tiny hospital, has truthful acold been capable to debar a large coronavirus outbreak done isolation, investigating and quarantines. It disclosed 2 cases successful the outpouring of 2020 earlier the Pentagon adopted a argumentation of not reporting lawsuit tallies basal by base.

Residents person confirmed 2 known cases connected basal successful September, including a afloat vaccinated schoolteacher who tested affirmative connected his instrumentality to Guantánamo the week of Sept. 6.

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