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

Robert Verkaik

Published 13/08/2010 | 05:00

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.

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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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