Judge grants access to secret Guantanamo camp

The judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal is allowing defense lawyers their first chance to see the secret section of the Guantanamo Bay prison where the accused are held.

A Tuesday June 5, 2012 photo provided by the US navy shows more than 1,200 service members view the "No Zebras, No Excuses" performance at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay outdoor downtown lyceum. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy photo, Lt. Lauryn Dempsey/Released)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal is allowing defense lawyers their first chance to see the secret section of the Guantanamo Bay prison where the accused are held.

Army Col. James Pohl granted the defense teams less access to Camp 7 than requested. Lawyers for the five prisoners facing a military tribunal for their roles in the Sept. 11 attacks wanted to spend 48 hours inside the camp. They also wanted multiple visits.

Pohl ruled that three members of each team can visit once, for no more than 12 continuous hours.

He barred them from interviewing guards.

Attorney James Connell called Wednesday's ruling a good start. Camp 7 is so shrouded in secrecy that even its location on the U.S. base in Cuba is classified.
Associated Press
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