US Navy to go after rats, mold in Gitmo legal offices
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Legal offices that are so contaminated with mold and rat droppings that lawyers in the Sept 11 terrorism trial have been getting sick will get a full clean-up and be evaluated by safety experts, a military official said on Thursday.
A "comprehensive" cleaning of the offices, which are primarily used by defense teams in the Guantanamo Bay tribunals, will begin by the end of the month and be finished in time for a hearing scheduled in December, said Army Captain Michael Lebowitz, one of the prosecutors in the case of five prisoners charged in the Sept 11 attacks.
"It's almost like a fresh start," Capt. Lebowitz told the case judge, who has been fielding complaints about the offices this week while presiding over a pretrial hearing at the US base in Cuba.
The issue of the contaminated offices has repeatedly interrupted progress on more than two dozen pretrial motions this week.