Or is my brain fried from just pulling a double-shift?
The defense had evidence that a)the man was not who he was purported to be b)that he was a terrorist. The judge would not allow that evidence to be presented.
The man they were looking for was a former Baathist, and the name of the man provided for trial was a suspected insurgent.
However, due to the complete lack of forensic evidence taken, and the fact that when the body was sent to the US for autopsy it was missing it’s head and the body description didn’t match the ‘family’ description, they could no longer identify who it was, therefore there is no clue as to the body’s previous life.