Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainee charged with supporting terrorism

[JURIST] Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Kamin [DOD materials] was charged [PDF text; DOD press release] Wednesday with providing material support to terrorism. In its announcement of the sworn charges, the US Defense Department said:

The charges allege that between January and May of 2003, Mohammed Kamin provided material support to terrorism by joining the terrorist organization al Qaeda and receiving training at al Qaeda training camps on making remote detonators for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), in modifying military ammunition, and on use of small arms for attacks against American and Coalition forces.

It is further alleged in the charges that Mohammed Kamin conducted surveillance on U.S. military bases, placed explosive devices under a bridge along the route to Zaina Khail Village in Afghanistan, placed missiles near the Khowst Customs House to launch into a U.S. or Coalition base and installed missiles near Khowst, Afghanistan. The charges also allege that Mohammed Kamin launched the missiles toward Kwhost, then occupied by the United States and Coalition armed forces.
The charges fall under the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [PDF text; JURIST news archive] and must now be approved by Convening Authority Susan J. Crawford, who will decide whether to refer the charges to military commission.

Kamin is now the fourteenth detainee to be charged under the military commission system. On Wednesday, Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad [DOD materials], charged with attempted murder and intentionally causing serious bodily harm for allegedly throwing a grenade at US soldiers, said that he has been mistreated in custody and asked to boycott [JURIST report] his upcoming trial. Jawad's comments came during his first pretrial hearing before a military commission. Reuters has more.


 

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