Prosecutor files charges carrying life sentence for Iraqi prisoner held at Guantanamo

Published June 10, 2013

| Associated Press

U.S. military prosecutors are seeking to pursue war crimes charges against an Iraqi at the Guantanamo prison.

Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi has been held at the U.S. military base in Cuba since April 2007 as one of what the Pentagon calls its "high-value detainees."

The chief war crimes prosecutor now says they have taken the first step toward prosecuting him before a military tribunal.

Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins told reporters Monday that his office has filed charges against al-Iraqi for the war crime known as "perfidy," for allegedly working with Osama bin Laden to attack U.S. and allied troops and civilians with improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The charges must be approved by a Pentagon legal official before the case can proceed. Al-Iraqi faces a possible life sentence.

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