Hearing delayed after 9/11 defendant wouldn't come, lawyer says

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — Alleged 9/11 hijack conspirator Ramzi bin al Shibh reportedly refused to leave his prison camp cell Thursday, causing a military judge to postpone his hearing by a month.

''He wouldn't come,'' said attorney Anthony Romero of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Romero said military staff at the war court notified observers of bin al Shibh's refusal to leave his Camp 7 cell as they waited at Camp Justice for his 8:30 a.m. military commission hearing.

War court spokesmen were unable to confirm the report. They said only that bin al Shibh's appearance was postponed until a mental health competency hearing Aug. 15.

Bin al Shibh, 36, is one of five former CIA-held Guantanamo captives accused as co-conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed 2,973 people.

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