Lawyer David Nevin speaks during a lecture at AUB in Beirut, Nov. 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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BEIRUT: It's an unlikely friendship: a lawyer appointed by the U.S. military, and an alleged terrorist and torture victim held in Guantanamo Bay. But David Nevin, the lead defense attorney for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who confessed to planning the Sept. 11 terror attacks, says despite exacting circumstances he and his client have developed a meaningful relationship. In his first trip to Lebanon, Nevin spoke at the American University of Beirut this week, testifying about the "sham" justice his client and friend Mohammad is subject to at Guantanamo's war court.Nevin is not one to mince his words. Perhaps most significantly, Mohammad is the victim of torture.Any public discussion of Mohammad's torture, which could be used in his defense, is classified by the federal government, as it could reveal details about the country's top-secret torture program.After Nevin's recent divorce, Mohammad jokingly refers to the new chapter in his lawyer's life as "the new wife project".
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