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Originally published Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 5:17 AM

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Gitmo judge hears testimony about torture effects

A Guantanamo Bay judge is deciding whether to recommend special training about torture for a military mental health board that will examine the prisoner accused of orchestrating the attack on the USS Cole.

Associated Press

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FORT MEADE, Md. —

A Guantanamo Bay judge is deciding whether to recommend special training about torture for a military mental health board that will examine the prisoner accused of orchestrating the attack on the USS Cole.

The judge heard testimony Tuesday from Dr. Vincent Iacopino (eye-kah-PEE'-noh) in a pretrial hearing in Cuba for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri (ahbd al-ruh-HEEM' al-nuh-SHEE'-ree).

Iacopino wrote some international guidelines for examining torture victims. Defense attorneys say those procedures should apply because al-Nashiri was abused while being held by the CIA in a series of secret prisons.

Prosecutors say that would expand the board's scope beyond simply determining whether al-Nashiri is fit to stand trial.

The 2000 bombing in Yemen killed 17 crew members and wounded 37.

The Associated Press watched the hearing via closed circuit at Fort Meade.

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