Afghan Guantanamo detainee referred to military commission

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has decided on a military prosecution for Afghan Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Obaidullah [DOD materials], according to court filings Wednesday. Obaidullah was initially charged [JURIST report] by the military in 2008 with hiding and storing anti-tank mines to be deployed against US forces in Afghanistan. He has been held at Guantanamo since 2002. The US government must now decide whether to formally try Obaidullah in a military commission [JURIST news archive].

Obaidullah is the sixth Guantanamo detainee to have his case referred for military trial since US president Barack Obama ordered the closing [JURIST report] of the facility and a review of all detainees' cases last January. In November, the DOJ designated five other cases for military trials, including that of Canadian detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST report]. Also in November, Holder announced [JURIST report] that five accused 9/11 [JURIST news archive] conspirators would be tried in US federal court.

 

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