Here We Go: Judge Bars Key Witness in First Trial of Gitmo Detainee in U.S. Court Because of CIA Interrogation Methods…

A key government witness has been barred from the trial of a Tanzanian man accused in a plot to bomb two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998, delaying the case until next week.

Federal prosecutors want to call Hussein Abebe, another Tanzanian man, in the criminal case against Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first detainee from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to face trial in the U.S.

Mr. Abebe has been expected to testify that he sold dynamite used in the bombing to Mr. Ghailani and that he believed Mr. Ghailani planned to use the explosives for mining.

Defense lawyers had argued that prosecutors learned Mr. Abebe’s identity as a result of statements made by Mr. Ghailani while he was in the custody of the Central Intelligence Agency. While in CIA custody, Mr. Ghailani was subject to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, which his lawyers have said equated to torture.

…Mr. Ghailani has been charged in a plot to commit two deadly bombing attacks at U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998 that killed 224 people and injured hundreds of others.

He is facing charges of conspiracy, murder, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and other charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

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