The military judge presiding over the tribunal of five 9/11 suspects has ordered the Obama administration to hand over a trove of documents on prison conditions at Guantánamo Bay. The judge, Col. James Pohl, will review correspondence between the U.S. government and the Red Cross, which has inspected the prison. He will then decide whether to turn it over to the defense. It is unclear if the material will become public. Both the Pentagon and the Red Cross had argued against the disclosure, which was sought by the prisoners’ attorneys. In a separate decision, Pohl also eased restrictions on mail communications between the prisoners and their lawyers.
Former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn his 2007 conviction. Captured in Afghanistan, Hicks was held at Guantánamo for five years before reaching a plea deal to return to his native Australia. Hicks admitted to material support for terrorism and agreed to renounce his claim of suffering abuse in U.S. custody. He was the first Guantánamo prisoner convicted under the Military Commissions Act. This week, Hicks filed an appeal saying he had pleaded guilty under duress. In a statement, Hicks said: “I had no choice but to sign the plea deal or I would have died in Guantánamo.”