March 1, 2012 by staff
Gitmo Plea, After nearly nine years of incarceration, the first high-value detainee at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, Majid Khan, a Pakistani national, pleaded guilty to charges against him, as part of a plea-bargain agreement.
Khan, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, murder and attempted murder in violation of the laws of war, and to material support for t*rror*sm and espionage.
In his first public appearance since his arrest, Khan denied the use of an interpreter and spoke in an American accent, a throwback from the years he spent in a US high school and his time in Baltimore, Maryland from 1996 to 2002.
“I’ve been trying to contact the Embassy of Pakistan for nine years I want to officially request that I want a Pakistani lawyer down the road,” he said.
Khan had been accused, amongst other charges, of plotting to assassinate former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2002, and helping to provide finances for the 2003 bomb blast in Indonesia.
Khan is also accused of plotting with Khalid Sheikh Mohammad to carry out attacks in the US post 9/11.
During the hearing, Khan admitted that he had helped in a conspiracy in Pakistan and ‘did things’ from 2002 to 2003, but insisted he did not know the money he delivered in 2003 was for the purpose of the Indonesia hotel bombing in August of 2003. He also said that he never met Osama Bin Laden – whom he referred to as ‘Sheikh Osama Bin Laden’ – nor did he swear an oath to help Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.
According to sources, Khan’s parents, who reside in Maryland, did not come to Fort Meade to see the CCTV proceedings of the arraignment hearing.
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