Saudi terror suspect: Military trials a 'sham'

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — A Saudi captive called the war court here a sham at his hearing Wednesday, fired his Pentagon defense lawyer and was sent back to his prison camp cell with a promise from his military judge that his terror trial would go on without him.

''History will record these trials as a scandal,'' said Ahmed Darbi, the brother-in-law of a member of the suicide squad that struck the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. "I advise you as a judge and all the people here to not continue this play, this sham.''

Darbi, 33, is charged as an al Qaeda conspirator and with providing material support for terror — not in the 911 attacks, but on an unsuccessful plot to bomb vessels off the coast of Yemen between 2000 and 2002.

He is the fifth Guantánamo captive to be arraigned at a military commission and the second to refuse to cooperate with the first U.S. war crimes tribunal since World War II. A month ago, prison camp guards forced Afghan Mohammed Jawad out of his cell and into the commissions, where the man captured at age 17 declared his intention to boycott.

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