Bin Laden's Cook Sent Home After a Decade in Gitmo

Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 04:00 PM

 

Share:
A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink

The United States has sent a Sudanese man, accused of guarding Osama bin Laden and helping him escape U.S. forces, back to Sudan after being held at Guantanamo Bay prison for over a decade, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Ibrahim al Qosi was sentenced to 14 years after pleading guilty in 2010 to conspiring with al Qaeda and providing material support to terrorism, the Pentagon said in a statement.

He completed his reduced, two-year sentence before his transfer took place, the statement said.

The Pentagon declined to say whether Qosi, described as a "cook and sometimes driver" for al Qaida, had been freed in Sudan or held by the government there.

"We coordinated with the government of Sudan on appropriate security measures to mitigate any threat that he continues to pose," said Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale, a Pentagon spokesman.

Qosi was alleged to have run the kitchen at bin Laden's Star of Jihad compound in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and of having been part of an al Qaida mortar crew.

He was accused of acting as a cook and bodyguard for the former al Qaida leader, who was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan last year, and helping him escape to the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan in 2001.

He was captured in Afghanistan in December 2001 and first charged in the Guantanamo court system known as military commissions in 2004.

U.S. efforts to resettle prisoners cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, set up in Cuba a fter the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, have been stymied by government refusals to allow any into the United States and by other restrictions imposed by Congress.

In April two members of China's Muslim Uighur minority became the first prisoners to leave Guantanamo Bay in more than 15 months. They were resettled in El Salvador.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Ex-Policy Analyst: Ukraine Fighting Risks Nuclear Meltdown

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 19:15 PM

The military conflict in Ukraine could trigger a nuclear meltdown if fighting disrupts the electrical grid keeping that  . . .

Report: Emails Show Justice Dept. Involved in IRS Tea Party Probe

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 19:01 PM

Embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner last year discussed working with the Justice Department to prosecute nonprofit . . .

University Protesters Want Condi Rice Arrested

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 17:56 PM

Nearly 200 University of Minnesota professors and students are protesting Condoleezza Rice's scheduled speech Thursday o . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved