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Alleged Cole-Bomber Case Most Important At GTMO (Military Commissions Update)
By Mason Clutter
Military Commissions Update columns.
In February, Majid Shoukat Khan, formerly of Baltimore, Md., became the seventh person convicted in the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, since 2001. Khan accepted an offer for pretrial agreement to charges including conspiracy to commit the August 2003 bombing of the J.W. Marriott in Jakarta, Indonesia, and attempted assassination of the former President of Pakistan in 2002. It is believed that Khan may serve as a government witness in upcoming trials of Guantánamo detainees, including the alleged 9/11 co-conspirators. Should he fulfill the terms of the agreement, Khan will be sentenced to no more than 19 years in prison; however, at the time of his arraignment, Khan acknowledged that the government may continue to hold him in indefinite detention after he serves his sentence. Three weeks later, charges were referred against the 9/11 defendants, whose second arraignment is scheduled for early May.
Amongst the hype of the pending 9/11 arraignment, additional hea
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