The federal corruption trial of Jimmy Dimora has attracted international visitors interested in how our country, most notably the media, handles public corruption and to see first-hand how the public has access to the process.
The four-person delegation is from Lybia, where the government has been in a transition following the collapse of the Moammar Gadhafi regime.
All are professionals, who are also members of non-governmental organizations trying to do humanitarian work in Lybia.
They are visiting the United States as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the Department of State. The delegation is in northeast Ohio as guests of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.
A state department interpreter traveling with the delegation says they are here as part of a two-way initiative that is focusing more on middle-eastern society, as they learn more about American people and culture.
The group is spending three weeks in the United States, first visiting counterparts from non-governmental organizations in Washington D.C. then Seattle.
One is a member of an organization called, “Free Generation Movement”. Following the liberation of Tripoli, they took on a mission to help stabilize the country after the regime collapse.
Another is a member of “The Voice of Lybian Women”, banned during the previous regime according to her bio.
They are observing on a day when there will be no testimony in the Dimora trial.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Friday were debating various exhibits that have been presented over the past five weeks.
Dimora’s attorneys on Friday morning said they have objections to “20-to-30 percent” of the exhibits.
Government prosecutors are believed to have called their last witness on Thursday, meaning defense attorneys could start presenting their own case as soon as next Tuesday when testimony resumes.