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Lawyer for Gitmo hunger-strikers asks judge to allow more legal, medical visits

[JURIST] A lawyer for detainees at the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] currently on hunger strike [JURIST report] argued Friday before US District Judge Gladys Kessler [official profile] that prisoner attorneys needed more frequent access to their clients. Julia Tarver, representing four Saudis detainees, said that the present rule allowing monthly visits was too limiting. She also asked the judge to allow defense doctors to visit striking prisoners being force-fed in camp hospitals, the conditions of which she decribed as "quite disturbing". A government lawyer said that hospitalized prisoners were receiving adequate medical care and that defense accounts of their treatment were exaggerated. Kessler is expected to make a ruling on the defense requests next week. AFP has more.

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