Guantanamo terrorism suspect seeks dropped charges

Ahmed Khalfan, a terrorism suspect captured in Pakistan in 2004 and held in secret CIA prisons in addition to Guantanamo, is going to trial in Manhattan and is requesting all charges be dropped. His lawyers claim that his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated.

“This motion asks one primary question. Can national security trump an indicted defendant’s constitutional right to a speedy trial? We resepctfully submit that the answer is emphatically and without qualification. ‘No.’,” says his lawyers.