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|08-09-2010, 08:35 PM||#1|
Habari Na Mijeldi
Member Since: Dec 2003
Gitmo detainee to avoid solitary in plea deal
" GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A former cook and driver for Osama bin Laden will serve out his sentence in a section of Guantanamo reserved for the best-behaved detainees under a plea agreement that also keeps the length of his confinement secret for now, military attorneys said Monday.
Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi, one of Guantanamo's longest-held prisoners, avoided a possible life sentence by striking a plea deal last month that also secured the first war-crimes conviction under President Barack Obama.
The military judge presiding over the case initially said Monday that al-Qosi's sentence would not be revealed until after his release. But a spokesman for the prosecutors, Navy Capt. David Iglesias, said later that the official overseeing the offshore system will announce the sentence once it is formally approved.
The case against al-Qosi is one of two approaching resolution in the Pentagon's system for prosecuting terrorism suspects at this U.S. Navy base in Cuba, which has yielded only four convictions since it was established by the Bush administration.
Canadian detainee Omar Khadr faces trial beginning Tuesday on charges including murder for the slaying of an American soldier in Afghanistan. The judge in his case refused Monday to exclude confessions that Khadr's team claimed were tainted by abuse including threats of rape."
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