A military judge is putting off a resolution of a dispute over the use of female guards in the highest security unit of the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Navy Captain J K Waits agreed on Tuesday to delay a hearing until January at the request of lawyers for an alleged al-Qaida commander. Lawyers for Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi asked to put it off because of delays collecting evidence.
Al-Iraqi is held with other top prisoners in the secret unit on the US base in Cuba known as Camp 7. Some of the prisoners have refused to meet with their lawyers unless the military only uses male guards to move them. Prisoners say physical contact with female guards violates with their Muslim faith.
The judge left a temporary ban in place over government objections.