Procecutor won't Procecute Because of Tortured Confession July 24, 2007

by Will

As a military prosecutor at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Lt. Col. Stuart Couch confronted a poignant dilemma.

Couch was assigned to prosecute Mohammadeou Ould Slahi, accused of organizing the hijacking of United Flight 175. That was the plane flown into the south tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. The co-pilot of that flight was Michael Horrocks, a close friend of Col. Couch.

As he prepared to prosecute Slahi, Couch discovered that the accused terrorist's confession had been extracted through torture ? including beatings and death threats against both him and his mother.

Couch desperately wanted to prosecute Slahi. But his oath to the Constitution and his commitment as a Christian made it impossible for him to be a party to torture. After confronting his superiors, Col. Couch withdrew from the case. He is confident that legitimate evidence will be found to build a case for prosecuting Slahi.

Despite his strong personal desire to avenge the death of his fellow Marine and close friend, Col. Couch stood fast on principle in defending the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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