Death penalty states owe families transparency: Guantánamo lawyer

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James Connell, US lawyer representing one of the men facing the death penalty, currently held at Guantánamo Bay detention centre in Cuba. Photo: UN News/Matt Wells

States which practice the death penalty often fail to release basic details of executions, even concealing them from prisoners' family members.

That was one of the details discussed at the event, Transparency and the Death Penalty, held at UN Headquarters this week to mark World Day Against the Death Penalty.

James Connell is a lawyer from the United States who represents one of the six men facing the death penalty in the US, who are being held at the Guantánamo Bay detention centre in Cuba.

His client, a Pakistani national, is accused of transferring money on behalf of the terrorists responsible for the September 11 attacks in 2001.

He's been held at the centre which still detains dozens of suspects held for years without trial, outside the reach of US civil courts and despite attempts to close it in 2009 by former President Barack Obama.

After Mr Connell spoke at the event on transparency, Matt Wells asked him to explain what had happened to his client.

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