Mori, who in November was assigned to be the military attorney for David Hicks — an Australian held at the U.S. military prison in Cuba — said the system set up by the Pentagon for trials of non-U.S. citizens captured during what U.S. officials call the war on terror was unfair.
“The military commissions will not provide a full and fair trial,” Mori told a news conference. “The commission process has been created and controlled by those with a vested interest only in convictions.”
“Fairness is extremely important in all cases, particularly those that have commanded such international attention and will have international impact,” he said.
Mori has met three times with Hicks, who has been held for two years in Guantanamo Bay along with hundreds of other prisoners detained during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
None of the roughly 660 prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay has yet been charged with any crimes although Pentagon officials have suggested that military trials for some could begin soon.
Most held at the base were arrested during the U.S. war that toppled the Taliban in Afghanistan. Washington accused the Taliban of harboring al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who is blamed for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
President Bush authorized the military commission trials two months after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The tribunals have sparked criticism in the United States and abroad from rights groups and legal activists who say the procedures are designed to produce convictions.