A US military court in Guantánamo ruled on Thursday that one of the accused masterminds of the September 11 attacks cannot be tried because of the psychological after-effects of torture he suffered in custody. The New York Times (NYT).
Yemeni Ramzi bin al-Saiba, 51, was due to appear at a trial with four other defendants facing the death penalty. However, a military judge, Col. Matthew McCall, ruled that his psychological aftereffects prevented him from defending himself, the newspaper said.
Doctors at the US base at Guantanamo, located on the island of Cuba, diagnosed Ramsi bin al-Shaiba with post-traumatic stress disorder and psychotic features, as well as delusional disorder. Army psychiatrists said his condition made him “He could not understand the nature of the proceedings against him or intelligently co-operate” with his legal defense team, writes The New York Times.
His lawyer claimed he was tortured by the CIA and went insane as a result.Advanced investigative techniques“, which includes sleep deprivation, waterboarding and beatings.
This Friday, he was scheduled to participate in the preliminary proceedings of Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks, and three other defendants who have been held at Guantanamo for more than fifteen years and have yet to be tried by a military court. Responsible for doing so. According to the NYT, the preliminary hearing continued on Friday.
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