Guantanamo hearing in Sept. 11 case abruptly ends

January 29, 2019 - 5:18 pm

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A weeklong pretrial hearing in the Sept. 11 terrorism case at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has ended ahead of schedule because of what an official says is a medical issue involving the military judge.

Military commission spokesman Ronald Flesvig says the judge is leaving the base but isn't disclosing details about his condition.

The departure of Marine Col. Keith Parrella is the latest of many delays in long-stalled proceedings against five Guantanamo prisoners charged before a military commission for their alleged involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism plot.

Parrella announced earlier Tuesday that he intended to take testimony on Wednesday in a closed session from a former CIA interpreter over the objection of defense lawyers.

No trial date has been set in the death-penalty case.

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