Sheik yer’mami covered this story extensively- check out ‘Kurnaz’
Murat Kurnaz spent over four years in GuantÃ¡namo Bay after the US military decided he was an enemy combatant.
Now his lawyer is suing the Pentagon for the release of documents that could exonerate his client.
A lawyer acting on behalf of the former GuantÃ¡namo prisoner Murat Kurnaz is taking the Pentagon to court to try to force them to hand over vital secret files. (*Good luck brother, knock yourself out!)
According to a report in the Wednesday edition of the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, Baher Azmy, Kurnaz’s US lawyer, is hoping to secure the release of documents that would exonerate the German-born Turkish citizen. “There are a whole lot of them,” Azmy said. “The one problem the government could have with their release is that that it could be embarrassing for them.” *Needless to mention that the ‘lawyer’ is a hardcore commie-shyster…
Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen who was born and raised in the German city of Bremen,
(last time I checked he was born in Turkey and his German residence permit was expired)was arrested at the end of 2001 in Pakistan, where he claimed he had travelled to study the Koran. He was held in a camp in Afghanistan before being transferred to the GuantÃ¡namo Bay detention camp on Cuba in 2002.
Among the documents that Azmy is hoping to obtain is “R-19,” a short unsubstantiated memo by an unidentified government official which claimed that Kurnaz had terrorist connections. The R-19 memo was enough for the Combatant Status Review Tribunal to rule in 2004 that Kurnaz was an enemy combatant and that he be detained at Guantanamo indefinitely. However, US District Judge Joyce Hens Green ruled in January 2005 that Kurnaz’s imprisonment was illegal. It took until July 2006 before he was eventually released.
Azmy expects that a US federal court will rule on whether to release the R-19 memo by this summer at the earliest. He is also demanding the release of the transcripts of Kurnaz’s several hearings before the military tribunals. The documents had been declassified for a time but have subsequently been reclassified. “They could provide the proof that the American government was already convinced of the innocence of my client in 2002,” Azmy told the Tagesspiegel.
The Kurnaz case has put the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier under immense political pressurein recent weeks. He is accused of preventing Kurnaz’s release from the US military prison while chief of staff to former Chancellor Gerhard SchrÃ¶der. Steinmeier denies that there was an official US offer to release Kurnaz in 2002. The embattled minister is due to appear before a parliamentary committee investigating the case on March 8.
Schily nennt Aussagen von Kurnaz “unglaubwÃ¼rdig”
Otto Schily (SPD) hat die Aussagen des ehemaligen Guantanamo-HÃ¤ftlings Kurnaz als unglaubwÃ¼rdig bezeichnet. “Wer sich kurz nach den AnschlÃ¤gen vom 11. September 2001 einen Kampfanzug, ein Fernglas und SchnÃ¼rstiefel kauft und, ohne sich von seiner Familie in Bremen zu verabschieden, nach Pakistan reist, will dort ja wohl nicht mit dem Fernrohr Allah suchen”, sagte Schily der “Zeit”.
Eine Entschuldigung bei Kurnaz lehnte Schily indessen ab: “Das sÃ¤he ja so aus, als hÃ¤tten wir eine Art Mitverantwortung fÃ¼r Guantanamo. Vielleicht sollte eher Herr Kurnaz seinerseits bedauern, dass er unter sehr merkwÃ¼rdigen Voraussetzungen nach Pakistan gereist ist. Ihn jetzt als einen MÃ¤rtyrer aufzubauen, den die Bundesrepublik angeblich auf dem Gewissen hat, ist eine sehr Ã¼ble Geschichte.”
‘UEBLE GESCHICHTE’-Â I would rather call it a Mohammedan fairytale…