The U.S. military produced only two witnesses to testify at Bilal Hussein’s investigative hearing, according to Hussein’s lawyer.
In the first details to be revealed about the court proceedings, attorney Paul Gardephe says two Marines who arrested Hussein in 2006 testified against him by videoconference. The military also presented evidence including 64 CDs that contained Hussein’s archive of photos and printouts of some of his images. Additionally, the military submitted the result of a positive explosive residue swab test, which Gardephe says may have tested positive because an explosion went off near Hussein’s apartment the day he was arrested.
“There were no surprises,” Gardephe says. “There was never any evidence that suggested to me that he was performing in any other role than a photographer covering a conflict.”
Ed Ou was an intern at The Times (“A Dozen Promising Photographers“) and is now a freelancer, represented by Reportage by Getty Images, shooting for The Times in Egypt. He has photographed in the Middle East, Africa and the former Soviet republics. James Estrin spoke with him by phone early Sunday morning and early Monday morning, Cairo time.