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Ky. politicians’ calls for terrorist suspects to be tried in Gitmo reveals their doubts about the state’s legal system

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

“Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, were arrested in Bowling Green on May 25. They face charges that they plotted to send money and weapons to Iraq to be used against U.S. troops. They have pleaded not guilty and face life in prison if convicted,” according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Even though “terrorism suspects nabbed on American soil have never been sent outside the U.S. to face military trial,” per NPR, U.S Senator Mitch McConnell, President of the Kentucky Senate and Republican candidate for governor David Williams, Speaker of the Kentucky House Greg Stumbo, and Republican candidate for Kentucky Attorney General Todd P’Pool all believe the two refugees should be jailed and tried in Guantanamo Bay, not Kentucky, where there alleged crimes occurred.

The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has no opinion on the location of their trial; we’re solely concerned about eliminating capital punishment. But that such a notable group of Kentucky lawmakers and would-be lawmakers has doubts about the commonwealth’s legal system does give us pause:

If Kentucky courts can’t be trusted to handle a terrorism trial, how can they be trusted with cases that could condemn Kentucky citizens to death?

Photo: Courtesy Office of Sen. Mitch McConnell

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