Majid Khan Plea Deal
February 29, 2012 by staff
Majid Khan Plea Deal, The first high-value detainee at Guantanamo Bay to strike a plea bargain with the U.S. government will serve no more than 19 years in exchange for his full cooperation, including providing testimony at the military commission trials of other detainees.
Wearing a dark business suit and sporting a short haircut and a closely-trimmed goatee, Majid Khan, a former resident of the Baltimore suburbs, pleaded guilty to five war crimes, including murder, attempted murder and spying for his role in al-Qaeda, and his plan to launch fresh attacks on the United States after Sept. 11, 2001.
?Human rights groups are organizing events to mark the 10th anniversary of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while detainees are engaging in peaceful demonstrations.
Sentencing has been delayed for four years and if Khan fails to cooperate he could receive up to 25 years. The deal calls for him to provide “complete and accurate information in interviews, depositions and testimony wherever and whenever requested by the prosecutors.”
Before Sept. 11, 2001, Khan worked for Electronic Data Systems in Northern Virginia, and on the day of the attacks watched smoke rise from the Pentagon from his office building in Tyson’s Corner, according to a stipulation of facts.
In the stipulation, Khan, a Pakistani citizen, agreed that he flew to Pakistan after the 9/11 attacks and volunteered to work for Khalid Sheik Mohammed, their self-proclaimed mastermind.
Over the course of a year, before his capture in March 2003, Kahn couriered $50,000 to al-Qaeda associates to fund a hotel bombing in Jakarta, discussed terrorist strikes in the United States, including poisoning water reservoirs, and agreed to a suicide attack to assassinate the president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, the stipulation states.
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