The Pentagon on Monday announced that former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, who was removed from office during the U.S. Attorney firings, will be the Defense Department’s new advocate for military commissions, the Miami Herald reported. Iglesias will be part of the prosecution team for hearings on whether American forces tortured confessions out of a Canadian teenager accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.
Iglesias served as the New Mexico U.S. Attorney from 2001 until he was forced out in the 2006 U.S. Attorney firings. Last year, he was mobilized to the war court as a U.S. Navy Reserves captain.
He now will be part of a Pentagon prosecution team headed to Guantanamo for up to two weeks of hearings about Omar Khadr. In July 2002, Khadr was captured during a firefight in which Delta Forces Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer was fatally wounded by a grenade allegedly thrown by Khadr. The hearings will determine if any of Khadr’s confessions can be presented during his trial this summer.
Khadr faces charges as an al-Qaeda foot soldier and murderer. Prosecutors are seeking life in prison instead of the death penalty because he was 15 at the time of the incident. Khadr is currently the youngest “enemy combatant” at Guantanamo Bay.
The prosecution team is being headed by Navy Capt. John F. Murphy. Iglesias on Monday briefed 35 reporters who left from Andrews Air Force Base for Guantanamo.