Guantanamo judge allows testimony about torture

  • Article by: DAVID DISHNEAU
  • Associated Press
  • February 5, 2013 - 2:04 AM

FORT MEADE, Md. - Lawyers for the Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of orchestrating the deadly attack on the USS Cole are presenting expert testimony at a pretrial hearing on how to conduct a mental examination of a torture victim.

Dr. Vincent Iacopino (EYE'-kah-PEE'-noh) will testify Tuesday at the military tribunal in Cuba of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (ahbd al-ruh-HEEM' al-nuh-SHEE'-ree).

The judge, Army Col. James Pohl, agreed to hear the testimony before he orders an examination to determine whether al-Nashiri is competent to stand trial.

Defense lawyers say it should be done with sensitivity to Al-Nashiri's history of being waterboarded and threatened with weapons while he was being held by the CIA in a series of secret prisons.

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