One of 17 high-value prisoners at Guantanamo Bay accused the U.S. government of denying him justice and violating his Islamic beliefs after he was escorted into a recent court hearing by a female guard.
Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, an Al Qaeda leader and close associate of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, is being tried for running Al Qaeda’s army in Afghanistan, and ordering attacks against American and coalition forces and civilians.
More than ten pages of charges have been issued against Hadi detailing his relationship with Osama bin Laden, and his plans to execute Al Qaeda’s objectives of “killing Americans and other civilians.” Charges also include the murder of a U.S. solider, the injuring and killing of numerous German soldiers and planning a number of other attacks.
During a recent arraignment at Guantanamo Bay, Hadi refused to be transferred to the courtroom by a group of guards that included a woman, claiming that being touched by her would violate his Islamic beliefs. When asked by Hadi’s attorneys to replace the female guard with a male, the military judge refused, asserting that a defendant is not allowed to dictate the rules of the court.
In contradiction of Hadi’s protests, a Middle Eastern news report on his arraignment notes that members of the Islamic State flagrantly rape helpless Kurdish women and no extremist organization, including Al Qaeda, complains that the acts violate Islamic religious statutes.
Hadi’s argument has been ongoing since 2015 when his attorneys filed a request for religious accommodation with the Office of Military Commissions in an attempt to dictate Guantanamo Bay’s guard schedule. The request states that Hadi is a “devout Muslim” and it is a violation of his Islamic faith to have physical contact with women that are not his wife or close relatives. “Islam is two things—worship and rules,” the document states. “Both come from God as revealed to the Prophet.”
The document also levels the claim that Hadi has been forcibly extracted three times because of his religious beliefs, and that he will continue to resist when a female guard is assigned to him. “If female guards must have physical contact with me to bring me to meetings with my attorneys or to court, my faith requires me to refuse those movements, and I will continue to refuse them…”
H/T: Judicial Watch
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