Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Guantanamo, one year later- Nashiri arraignment
It has been over a year since Omar Khadr's sentencing October 31, 2010. I had not been
back since then. Nashiri, accused USS Cole bombing suspect, had an arraignment today
and it is a death penalty case. Media arrived to find new work stations for both print and
TV and a reorganized Camp Justice.
Nashiri has not been seen publicly in 9 years, so we were all anticipating what he would look like. The arraignment was held in court 2, a venue that is much more difficult to draw in than court 1.
We are held in a glassed-in viewing room, watching from behind sound proof panels in the back of the court. Sound is piped in at a 40-second delay. Victim family members were in attendance, and with permission, I sketched those that I could see. We are now done, and the case will take some time before going into trial.