Federal judge tentatively approves military lawyers representing Guantanamo detainee Christian Ehret at 12:08 PM ET
[JURIST] A federal judge said Tuesday that former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] can be represented by his military lawyers in civilian court, pending the approval of superior officers. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who said he expected the representation to be approved, asked the US Department of Defense [official website] to make their decision within a week [Reuters report]. Kaplan's approval followed a request made by Ghailani to have military lawyers Colonel Jeffrey Colwell and Major Richard Reiter continue representing him. JURIST Forum [media website] contributing editor and law professor Victor Hensen [academic profile] told JURIST Wednesday that it is rare for military lawyers to represent defendants in a civilian court and ventured that superior officers would not approve the representation. On Tuesday Kaplan also urged government officials [AP report] to decide with haste whether they will seek the death penalty in the case if Ghailani is convicted of conspiracy, estimating that the trial will take place next year.
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