Former military prosecutor who refused to bring charges against 9/11 detainee coming to FSU

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DEMOCRAT STAFF REPORT • JULY 25, 2008

A former military prosecutor who refused to pursue charges against a Guantanamo Bay detainee linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is set to give a talk next week at Florida State University.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stuart Couch declined to bring the charges because he believed the evidence against Mohamedou Ould Slahi was tainted by torture. Slahi is a suspected al-Qaeda operative who allegedly assembled the so-called Hamburg cell, which included the hijacker who piloted United 175 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, according to a news release from FSU.

Couch held that incriminating statements made by Slahi were obtained after he was tortured by military personnel.

The talk is set for noon Thursday at the FSU College of Law Rotunda, 425 W. Jefferson St.

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