USA: Shadow over justice: Absence of accountability and remedy casts shadow over opening of trial of former secret detainee accused in embassy bombings
The trial of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is set to begin in New York on 4 October 2010. The decision to prosecute him in ordinary federal court on charges of involvement in embassy bombings in 1998 is a welcome one. However, the trial will serve as a reminder that today Ahmed Ghailani remains the only Guantánamo detainee to have been transferred to the US mainland for prosecution. In addition, the government's failure to ensure accountability and remedy for such human rights violations is an injustice that it must urgently address.