GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The U.S. Navy is promising to clean up offices at the Guantanamo Bay navy base that defense lawyers say are dangerously contaminated with rat droppings and mold.
A Navy official told the judge in the Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal on Thursday that a comprehensive cleanup will be completed before the court reconvenes at the U.S. base in Cuba next month. Capt. Michael Lebowitz said occupational health experts will ensure the offices meet safety standards.
Attorneys for some of the five prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks have complained their offices are so contaminated that lawyers and paralegal have repeatedly suffered respiratory ailments. Some have required medical treatment at the tropical base. The issue has repeatedly interrupted this week's pretrial hearing in the Sept. 11 case.