Murat Kurnaz is a German citizen who was seized by Pakistani authorities in 2001, and given over to the Americans on susipicion of being a terrorist. He was sent to Guantanamo Bay.
In the fall of 2004, a military tribunal decided that Kurnaz was a member of Al Qaeda and an enemy combatant. The tribunal made this decision based upon classified documents.
This month, the Washington Post got its hands on these classified documents (now declassified). These documents show that both American military intelligence and German police have no evidence that Kurnaz has links of any kind to any sort of terrorist activity.
“Only one document in Kurnaz’s file, a short memo written by an unidentified military official, concludes that the German Muslim of Turkish descent is an al Qaeda member. It says he was working with German terrorists and trying in the fall of 2001 to reach Afghanistan to help fight U.S. forces.”
So… with significant evidence that the man is innocent, and extremely dubious “evidence” that he is guilty, the military tribunal decided that he was indeed guilty, but that all this evidence was so “sensitive” that they couldn’t allow the public to see it.
Kurnaz’s case is the first in which the public has had any sort of access to the evidence.
To date, there have been 558 of these military tribunals. 506 of those tribunals found that the suspects were guilty, and continues to hold them in Guantanamo. The evidence in these trials has likewise been kept secret.
[via Empire Notes]
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