Judicial meltdown in al-Nashiri, alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind, trial
A Pentagon spokesman says a Marine Corps general is no longer confined to quarters for contempt at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay.
Air Force Maj. Ben Sakrisson says the Pentagon suspended a sentence which found that Brig. Gen. John Baker should be confined to quarters for 21-days and fined $1,000 pending a review by a Department of Defense legal official.
Baker was informed of the decision Friday while awaiting a ruling to a legal challenge filed in civilian federal court in Washington.
Baker is in charge of the defense teams for war crimes cases at Guantanamo. A military judge ruled he was in contempt of court for dismissing three defense lawyers without court permission in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who allegedly planned the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.
Al-Nashiri has asked the court in Washington to halt his prosecution in a military commission after most of his legal team quit over confidentiality concerns.
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