Friday, July 13, 2012

9-11 conspirators want their trial suspended during Ramadan

The hubris of Islam knows no bounds.  Muslims expect American courts to follow Islamic norms, and with any criticism of Muslims seen as Islamophobia their demands may be granted.  As of now they have been shut down, but with American lawyers on their side, we may see a court bow to Islamic sensibilities.  Lets pray that doesn't happen.

From The Miami Herald July 10 by Carol Rosenberg

9/11 accused don’t want hearings during Ramadan

Lawyers for accused Sept. 11 attacks mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his four co-defendants are seeking to postpone their Aug. 8-12 hearing at Guantánamo, noting it falls toward the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The trial judge, Army Col. James Pohl, set the date for the hearing in May and specifically ruled out an extension on grounds that it coincided with Islam’s fasting month. He noted in his order then that no defense lawyer at that point had raised objection to a hearing that coincided with Ramadan.

Why now?

But the attorneys do just that in a June 21 filing currently under seal on the Pentagon’s war court website entitled “Joint Defense Motion for the Military Commission to Respect the Religious Observances of Enemy Prisoners under Common Article 3.”

Pohl is hearing motions in another Guantánamo case next week. But that hearing ends by July 19, before Ramadan starts. The 9/11 case pre-trial motions would be heard toward the end of Ramadan.

“The last 10 days of Ramadan commemorate the night God —Allah— revealed the Holy Quran to the Prophet Mohammed,” said James Connell III, the Pentagon-paid defense counsel for Mohammed’s nephew, Ammar al Baluchi. “These 10 days are the most holy period of the Muslim calendar and are typically observed by fasting, prayer, and seclusion.”

OK, here's how we solve the issue; less food so they can fast, they pray anyway now so that's a non-starter, and as to seclusion, they are in jail so keeping them secluded is no problem.  No reason to postpone the trial now.

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