After six years, Abu Zubaydah meets lawyers

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By Carol Rosenberg Source: The Miami Herald URL: [link] Date: February 27, 2008 After six years, al Qaeda suspect meets lawyers

Alleged arch-terrorist Abu Zubaydah, whom the CIA waterboarded in secret overseas interrogations, has agreed to let two American attorneys challenge his detention. Chicago law professor Joseph Margulies and Washington, D.C. lawyer Brent Mickum said Tuesday that they secured the authority in 12 hours of meetings Friday and Monday at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. It was the first time a defense attorney has been allowed to see the captive, who once ran a military training camp in Afghanistan, in nearly six years of U.S. detention. He was captured, severely wounded, in a March 2002 firefight at an alleged al Qaeda safe house in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He disappeared into years of secret detention, out of Red Cross reach, until President Bush announced his transfer to Guantánamo in September 2006.

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