Gitmo Detainee gets a hammering in a US Civilian Court




[Robert Williams, US Legal and  Court Affairs Contributor] 25 1 2011

NEW YORK — A judge sentenced the first Guantanamo detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial to life in prison Tuesday, saying anything he suffered at the hands of the CIA and others “pales in comparison to the suffering and the horror” caused by the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced Ahmed Ghailani to life, calling the attacks “horrific” and saying the deaths and damage they caused far outweighs “any and all considerations that have been advanced on behalf of the defendant.”

He also ordered Ghailani to pay a $33 million fine.

Whilst no-one will be troubled about the just desserts at the hands of the court for this man for his deeds, jurists and human rights groups worldwide are troubled by the message the USA is sending out to law-enforcement agencies worldwide.

The concern is whether a sea-change has now been set by the USA in its national and international criminal justice system model whereby extensive incarceration without trial and torture of suspects will not render their testimony invalid. 

What are your views?


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