Gitmo Judge Refuses Obama's Order to Delay Trials
Delay in USS Cole case 'does not serve the interest of justice,' Army colonel says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 1:55 PM CST
President Barack Obama signs a series of executive orders, including one closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Jan. 22, 2009, at the White House.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The lead judge in the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals has refused President Obama’s order to suspend legal proceedings against one of the terror prison’s detainees, Reuters reports. Army Col. James Pohl said tribunal rules give him sole authority to delay litigation in the case of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, accused in the 2000 bombing that killed 17 sailors aboard the USS Cole.

The 120-day delay requested by President Obama is unreasonable, Pohl said, and “does not serve the interest of justice."