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Torture treaty rights sought in Guantanamo trial

Defendants in 9/11 case at Guantanamo seek right to pursue claims under global torture treaty

Torture treaty rights sought in Guantanamo trial

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A new challenge is underway to secrecy rules imposed by a judge in the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo Bay.

Lawyers for five men charged with taking part in the terrorist attack say rules for handling classified evidence are so restrictive they violate the global treaty known as the Convention Against Torture.

The treaty guarantees torture victims the right to file formal complaints about their treatment. Lawyers in the Sept. 11 case say they can't do that because they aren't permitted to discuss the men's tough CIA interrogations with anyone.

Lawyers want the rules relaxed or the charges dismissed. Attorney Cheryl Bormann told the judge at a pretrial hearing Tuesday that he could remove the potential death penalty. Prosecutors insist the rules don't violate the treaty.

Updated : 2021-07-28 05:34 GMT+08:00