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Lawyers want to see secret prisons

July 02, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Lawyers for a Guantanamo detainee charged with terrorism crimes have asked the U.S. government to preserve overseas locations where he was subjected to "physical and psychological ill treatment" at secret CIA prisons known as "black sites."

The lawyers filed papers Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan asking the court to compel the government to preserve the sites so they can inspect them to see whether any statements he gave could have been voluntary.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is charged with participating in the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. The attacks killed 124 people, including 12 Americans. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Ghailani, a Tanzanian, became the first Guantanamo detainee to be brought to a U.S. civilian court for trial.

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