Pandemic-related sickness forces cancellation of Sept. 11 listening to at Guantánamo.

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FORT MEADE, Md. — Sickness associated to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday precipitated the navy choose within the Sept. 11, 20001 case to abruptly cancel a listening to and finish this month’s pretrial session a day early.

Attorneys, the defendants and the choose, Col. Matthew N. McCall of the Air Drive, have been due in court docket Friday morning for the ultimate day of arguments in a two-week listening to of the case involving a defendant’s persevering with effort to get details about his compelled shaving in each C.I.A. custody and in 2007 at Guantánamo.

These have been the primary hearings of the coronavirus pandemic, and signaled a restarting of the case with a brand new choose, who stated Monday the trial could not begin for at least a year.

Attorneys despatched phrase Friday that the listening to was canceled due to sickness amongst some trial contributors in addition to the invention by a reporter, who returned to the US from Guantánamo Bay on Sunday, that he was contaminated with the virus. The reporter was absolutely vaccinated.

The naval base in Cuba, with about 6,000 residents and a small hospital, has to date been capable of keep away from a significant coronavirus outbreak by means of isolation, testing and quarantines. It disclosed two circumstances within the spring of 2020 earlier than the Pentagon adopted a coverage of not reporting case tallies base by base.

Residents have confirmed two recognized circumstances on base in September, together with a totally vaccinated schoolteacher who was examined constructive on his return to Guantánamo the week of Sept. 6.

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