US military tribunal sentences Gitmo prisoner to 14 years

A US military tribunal on Feb. 18 sentenced Sudanese Guantánamo Bay detainee Noor Uthman Mohammed to 14 years in prison following a plea agreement in which he admitted to helping al-Qaeda and providing material support to terrorism. Mohammed admitted earlier this week to meetings with al-Qaeda and acting as a weapons instructor and manager at the Khaden military camp in Afghanistan, where hijackers and other members of al-Qaeda trained prior to the 9-11 attacks. Mohammed was charged in May 2008 and has been detained at Guantánamo since his capture in Pakistan in 2002. As part of his plea agreement, Mohammed promised to cooperate with US investigators in ongoing investigations. If he does so, he will likely be released in advance of the 14 years to which he was sentenced.

From Jurist, Feb. 19. Used with permission.