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Lawyer: Guantanamo Bay detainee has right to make, show art

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2017 file photo, a man takes a picture of artwork made by detainees of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp at an exhibit at at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, including a piece, far left, by Ammar Al Baluchi, a nephew of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Al Baluchi, accused of helping to plan the Sept. 11 attacks, wants to be able to distribute art he makes in his cell at the detention center. His attorneys sent a motion to a military commission on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, saying the Department of Defense has violated his rights by making it more difficult for him to draw and paint and by blocking him from giving his artwork to his attorneys. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, FIle)
April 04, 2018 - 1:04 PM

NEW YORK - A man accused of helping to plan the Sept. 11 attacks wants to be able to distribute art he makes in his cell at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

Ammar al Baluchi's attorney sent a motion to a military commission on Wednesday, saying the military violated his rights by blocking him from giving artwork to his attorneys.

The Department of Defence put new restrictions on artwork by Guantanamo Bay detainees after some of their work appeared in a New York City exhibition last year. Some relatives of Sept. 11 victims were disgusted by the idea.

Retired fire department Chief Jim Riches lost a son at the World Trade Center and says his son doesn't have a right to breathe so the detainees "shouldn't have a right to draw."

The Department of Defence hasn't commented.

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