On March 21, the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review (CMCR) upheld Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul’s conviction and life sentence for conspiracy to commit war crimes. The court also dismissed Bahlul’s challenge that the military commission that convicted him lacked jurisdiction because the appointment of the convening authority (CA) for the military commissions was statutorily and constitutionally improper.
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The military commission trying alleged al-Qaeda commander Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi reconvened on March 6, after a nearly two-month hiatus. This one-day session recapped party conferences since the last session and the defense counsel’s allegations that the government was inhibiting the discovery process.
Last Week at the Military Commissions: Defense Teams Assert Conflict in Session Cut Short by Medical Emergency
On Jan. 28 and 29, the military commission in United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, et al. (the 9/11 military commission) reconvened for pretrial proceedings, picking up from its November sitting. The session was scheduled to last for a week but was cut short on Tuesday due to a medical emergency on the part of the military judge, Col. Keith Parrella.
On Tuesday, 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed petitioned the D.C. Circuit for a writ of mandamus, asking that his trial by military commission be halted until the Court of Military Commissions Review appoints a panel to address contested issues in his case. The full document is below.
Over the week of Nov. 12, the military commission in United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed picked up pretrial proceedings from its September sitting. The newly presiding military judge, Col.
The military commission trying alleged al-Qaeda commander Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi reconvened on Nov. 6, after Hadi’s poor medical condition impeded the previous session in September. The Nov. 6 session ended after only thirty minutes, due to Hadi suffering back spasms and needing treatment.
The Court of Military Commission Review (CMCR) has ruled on former Military Judge Col. Vance Spath's decision to hold proceedings in the al-Nashiri military commissions case in abatement, reversing the judge's ruling and ordering pretrial hearings in al-Nashiri to begin again.
Ammar al-Baluchi is one of five Guantanamo detainees accused of planning the 9/11 attacks. In March, his counsel filed a motion for a permanent injunction with respect to unlawful trial by a capital military commission. The government cross-moved to hold al-Baluchi's habeas petition in abeyance until the military commission proceedings were completed. On Wednesday, Judge Friedman scheduled oral arguments on the two motions for Nov. 15 at 10:00 a.m. The hearing will be held in open court.
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The military commission trying alleged al-Qaeda commander Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi reconvened on Sept. 24 after a break in proceedings since April. A planned session in June was cancelled after Hadi underwent emergency spinal surgery in May, his fifth such operation since September 2017.
Quiet since September 2016, the military commission for Majid Shoukat Khan, a low-level al-Qaeda operative who pled guilty to all charges filed against him in 2012 and is cooperating with the government, reconvened for a brief afternoon session on July 17.