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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe attorneys Yiota Souras and Michael Trinh spent months lining up their first face-to-face meeting last week with a Yemeni client detained at Guant�namo Bay, Cuba. Their first day went well. But on Wednesday morning, just as the two arrived at the security check to enter the prison grounds, military officials told them their client meetings, along with those of Dechert attorneys Rebecca Dick and Carolyn Welshhans, were canceled — for the rest of the week. “The counsel visits are something we fought incredibly hard to get, and now it seems like they can sort of periodically cancel them when we are down there. It is very disturbing,” Souras says. They were given little explanation. So they called a hastily arranged teleconference with Department of Justice officials and a magistrate judge, where they learned of the hang-up: a lack of personnel to escort them because of the investigation into the three detainee suicides on June 10. Attorneys say they received word as reporters, who were also expelled from the base, were on their way off the island. The attorneys left the morning of June 15. A Defense Department spokesperson said in an e-mail that the base was scheduled to reopen this week.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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