Attorney Michael Schwartz told Judge James Pohl that funding should be made available for an independent expert to examine Camp Justice after a US Navy report revealed earlier that high levels of toxins are present on the site.
"It comes down to this: I’m not comfortable being in this room, and I’m not comfortable bringing a team of typically 12-15 people and asking them to be here on behalf of my role as a defense attorney and on behalf of [defendant Walid] bin Attesh," Schwartz stated.
The Navy found arsenic, mercury and other carcinogens called benzo(a)pyrene and polychlorinated biphenyls in initial samples, according to an internal report published in February.
Schwartz noted that the Navy said in the report it could not determine if the conditions at Camp Justice were safe until more tests are conducted.
According to media reports, the toxins may be due to years of the US military dumping jet fuel on the site that was previously used as an airstrip.