Judge Refuses To Admit ‘Highly Coerced’ Evidence

     (CN) – The judge in the first military trial of a Guantanamo detainee barred prosecutors from using evidence against Osama bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Hamdan, because his interrogations had been “highly coercive.”

     Navy Capt. Keith Allred said the prosecution cannot use a series of interrogations because of the “highly coercive environments and conditions under which they were made.”
     But the judge did not prevent prosecutors from using statements Hamdan made at Guantanamo, despite the defense’s claims that Hamdan made those statements after enduring abuse, including sleep deprivation and solitary confinement.
     Hamdan was captured in Afghanistan and is accused of conspiracy and aiding terrorism for his alleged involvement with al-Qaida.

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