Monday 27 February 2017

Bin Laden's man given a 14-year jail sentence

Robert Verkaik

OSAMA Bin Laden's former cook and driver has become the first Guantanamo detainee to be sentenced since Barack Obama pledged to close the controversial prison camp.

Ibrahim al-Qosi (51) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism after US prosecutors charged him with serving as a driver, cook and armed guard for Bin Laden between 1996 and 2001, and with providing security, transportation and supply services for an al-Qa'ida compound.

On Wednesday a jury at a military commission in Guantanamo sentenced the Sudanese national to 14 years' imprisonment. But al-Qosi is expected to serve far fewer years under a secret plea deal.

The case has focused concerns about the fairness of the military commissions. Andrea Prasow, a lawyer observing the hearings for Human Rights Watch, said: "I think this proceeding was a farce."

Irish Independent

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