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Guantanamo detainee pleads guilty at military commission

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A Sudanese citizen accused of being Osama bin Laden's cook and a member of an al-Qaida mortar squad pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism.

The terms of the deal that led to Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi's guilty plea were not released. Qosi, 50, could face life in prison, but it is likely he entered his plea in exchange for a lesser sentence. He will be sentenced in August.

Qosi's guilty plea marks the first conviction at the Guantanamo military commissions since President Barack Obama became president and the fourth since the camp began holding trials of people detained at Guantanamo as suspected terrorists.

Two of those, Australian David Hicks, who pleaded guilty in exchange for return to Australia, and Salim Hamdan, a Yemeni who was accused of being bin Laden's driver, are free in their home countries. The third, Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, chose not to mount a defense to charges that he was bin Laden's propagandist and was sentenced to life in prison.

Abuse claim: An Ohio psychologist now working as a college dean helped perpetrate abuse of detainees during his time at Guantanamo Bay, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the state psychology board. A Toledo psychologist and others alleged that retired Army Col. Larry James, dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, oversaw abuse at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba in 2003 and in 2007 and 2008 when he served with the U.S. naval base's Behavioral Science Consultation Team, the Associated Press reported.

Germany opens door: Germany has agreed to take in two inmates cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay detention facility, AP reported.

Guantanamo detainee pleads guilty at military commission 07/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 12:15am]

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