Judge in Gitmo Driver Trial Nixes Interrogation Evidence

Afghanistan questioning of Hamdan came after stress, without lawyer: defense
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2008 4:42 PM CDT
In this courtroom sketch reviewed by U.S. Military officials, Guantanamo detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan, far left, sits flanked by his legal team.   (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin,Pool)
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(Newser) – A military judge at the war-crimes tribunal for Osama bin Laden’s alleged driver today barred evidence from a series of 2002 interrogations in Afghanistan, the Miami Herald reports. Salim Hamdan says he was subjected to sleep deprivation and was not offered a lawyer; his defense team wants all interrogations stricken. On the first day of his trial at Guantanamo Bay, the Yemeni formally entered a not guilty plea.

The jury selected today from a 13-member pool consists of six senior officers, at least one from each service branch. One potential juror who was excused had been at the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks. The judge ordered that jurors' names not be released; although the lawyers had access to more detail, information discussed in open court was limited.