US Military Plans Tribunal Session at Guantanamo
May 26, 2009 - 3:43 PMThe U.S. military is planning a tribunal session at Guantanamo Bay next week to resolve an internal dispute involving the attorney for a Canadian detainee, the lawyer said Tuesday.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, who was recently fired and then reinstated, said a military judge scheduled the hearing for Monday to address his status as the lead attorney for Omar Khadr, the last Western prisoner held at Guantanamo.
It would be the first session at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba since President Barack Obama suspended the military trials in January. He says they will resume later this year with changes to give detainees stronger legal protections.
A flight is expected to leave Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington this weekend bringing lawyers, journalists and support staff to Guantanamo for the hearing.
Kuebler has been feuding with the chief defense counsel at Guantanamo, Air Force Col. Peter Masciola, who has questioned Kuebler's handling of the case. Kuebler said his dismissal in April stemmed from strategy disagreements with Masciola.
The judge presiding over the case, Army Col. Patrick Parrish, later ruled that only a judge could remove a lawyer under the rules for the military tribunals.
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