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Defendants sit out Guantanamo pretrial hearing in 9-11 case

A sign is seen outside the Courthouse One Expeditionary Legal Complex at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Monday, June 17, 2013, as Military Commission preliminary hearings reconvened in the case against Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his fellow 911 co-conspirators. Five Guantanamo Bay prisoners accused of helping orchestrate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are due back in court as the U.S. government tries to push the long-stalled case forward. (AP Photo/Bill Gorman)
June 18, 2013 - 10:15 AM

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The International Committee of the Red Cross is fighting an attempt to force it to disclose confidential records about the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.

A lawyer for the ICRC says the records on confinement conditions sought by the defence in the Sept. 11 case are disclosed only to the U.S. government.

Attorney Matthew MacLean argued at a Tuesday pretrial hearing that forcing the Red Cross to release records would jeopardize its ability to have confidential dialogues with governments worldwide.

Lawyers for the Sept. 11 defendants say they need to review the records for possible evidence.

The defendants are charged with nearly 3,000 counts of murder for planning and aiding the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A trial date has not yet been set.

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