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  • In this sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin, taken Nov. 9, 2011, reviewed by the U.S. military, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is seen during his military commissions arraignment at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Guantanamo, Cuba. A judge at Guantanamo Bay refused Monday to suspend a pretrial hearing for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the prisoner accused of orchestrating the attack on the USS Cole, ruling that defense lawyers had offered no evidence supporting their suspicion that the CIA can eavesdrop on their private conversations with their client. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 4:13 pm

Gitmo judge hears testimony about torture effects

By DAVID DISHNEAUAssociated Press

A Guantanamo Bay judge is deciding whether to recommend special training about torture for a military mental health board that will examine the prisoner accused of orchestrating the attack on the USS Cole.

The judge heard testimony Tuesday from Dr. Vincent Iacopino (eye-kah-PEE'-noh) in a pretrial hearing in Cuba for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (ahbd al-ruh-HEEM' al-nuh-SHEE'-ree).

Iacopino wrote some international guidelines for examining torture victims. Defense attorneys say those procedures should apply because al-Nashiri was abused while being held by the CIA in a series of secret prisons.

Prosecutors say that would expand the board's scope beyond simply determining whether al-Nashiri is fit to stand trial.

The 2000 bombing in Yemen killed 17 crew members and wounded 37.

The Associated Press watched the hearing via closed circuit at Fort Meade.