Maryland state attorney is traveling to cuba...to observe a major terrorism trial.
Michella: whag's shennekia grimshaw has more details <<shennekia grimshaw reporting: frederick county state's attorney charlie smith is heading to guantanomo bay, cuba to witness the death penalty trial for osama bin ladens right hand man- abd al rahim al-nashiri.
Charlie smith - frederick county states attorney "he was actually in charge of their terrorism campaign by sea, of course the terrorism campaign by air was nine-eleven, and that was sucessful."
Al-nashiri was charged for allegedly plotting the attack of the uss cole bombing that killed 17 american sailors in two thousand.
Charlie smith - frederick county states attorney "well the military courts put out a request for observers both presecution and defense and they were looking for people who have death penalty experience so i figured id put in, and i got picked to be the prosecution observer in the trial of al-nashiri " shennekia grimshaw reporting: unlike others, smith was accepted out of many attorneys across the county who applied to go to cuba with the national districts attorneys association.
Charlie smith - frederick county states attorney "i think its a major honor to be accepted to be one of the observers i mean out of all the thousands of people they couldve chose, i was the one selected."
Shennekia grimshaw reporting: smith is scheduled to fly out of andrews air force base in maryland.
The trip is fully funded by the us military courts.
And he says observants are put in place to assure this will be a fair trail especially since this is a very high level death penalty trial.
Charlie smith - frederick county states attorney "i think in a trial this magnitude where youre talking about obvisouly a major terriorism trial, with death penalty implication, they want to cover all their bases they want to ensure that its a fair trial and that no wrong-doing or ethical violations occur."
Shennekia grimshaw reporting: there will also be multiple observers from other organizations in cuba to witness the two week trial.
>> shennekia grimshaw - [email protected] "frederick county states attorney charlie smith is one of five legal observers in the us to go to cuba to watch al nashiri's terrorism trial.
In frederick county shennekia grimshaw whag news."