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Media access to Guantanamo hearing limited

April 28, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some media were effectively kept out of a pre-trial hearing in a Guantanamo Bay terror suspect’s case after a military judge scheduled a rare Sunday session but provided no access for reporters who watch the proceedings in the U.S.

The judge in the case, Army Col. James Pohl, held a full day’s hearing Sunday in the case of Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of orchestrating the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors.

The sessions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are broadcast in a secure military facility near Washington so journalists who don’t travel to Cuba can cover them via video conference. But the facility was closed to reporters Sunday because the Pentagon didn’t provide the staff needed to escort and monitor reporters there.

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