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Guantánamo Prisoner Gets Hearing After 9 Years Without an Attorney

HeadlineJun 15, 2016

Meanwhile, an Afghan prisoner at Guantánamo received a hearing before a review board Tuesday after advocates say he went nine years without an attorney. The group Reprieve said Haroon al-Afghani, who has never been charged, has gone without an attorney since arriving at Guantánamo in 2007. Reprieve attorney Shelby Sullivan Bennis represented al-Afghani at Tuesday’s hearing after meeting him for the first time last week. In a statement, Sullivan Bennis said, “Very little is known to the world about Haroon, and Guantánamo’s secrecy laws currently ban me from filling in the blanks. I can say that my new client is every bit as heartbroken by the senseless violence in Orlando as I am, and presented for his Monday meeting with tears in his eyes.”

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