Saudi Guantanamo Prisoner: Proud of Fighting US
27 April 2006
A Saudi man on trial at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, says he is proud of the role he played fighting the United States.
Ghassan Abdullah al-Sharbi told the court Thursday he would "make it easy for you guys," saying he would not defend himself because he was willing to "pay the price, no matter how many years" he receives as a sentence.
The American-educated prisoner is charged with conspiracy for allegedly training to make bombs to be used against U.S.- led coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Al-Sharbi wants the right to serve as his own lawyer. The judge says that is against military tribunal rules. But al-Sharbi's military-appointed lawyer argues he has been advised it is not ethical to represent an unwilling client.
Several other Guantanamo defendants have argued that they should be able to defend themselves, or they have a lawyer from their home country represent them. The tribunal system allows only a military-appointed or U.S. civilian lawyer to take their cases.
The Supreme Court is considering some of the legal aspects of the tribunals and is expected to issue a ruling in June.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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