12th War Crimes Suspect Formally Charged at Guantanamo
By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 The 12th suspect to be charged for alleged war crimes against the United States was arraigned today before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi was arraigned on the noncapital charges of terrorism, denying quarter, using treachery or perfidy, murder of protected persons, attacking protected property, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, and employing poison or similar weapons to force the United States, its allies, and non-Muslims out of the Arabian Peninsula, Afghanistan and Iraq, court documents indicated.
As an alleged senior member of al-Qaida, documents note, Hadi conspired with and led others in a series of deadly attacks and related offenses in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere from 2001 to 2006.
Hadi did not enter a plea to the charges. His defense team spoke for him and said Hadi would do that at a later undetermined date.
Before being formally charged, Hadi, through an Arabic translator, said he wanted another civilian attorney to replace the one he will lose at the end of September. Like other war crimes defendants at Guantanamo, Hadi is represented by a defense team of military and civilian counsel.
“I am in need of another civilian lawyer because of what’s going on in Afghanistan and Iraq [that is] very destructive from your government,” Hadi said through his translator.
As the 12th war crimes suspect charged under the Military Commissions Act of 2009, Hadi follows these individuals:
-- Ibrahim Al Qosi, convicted in July 2010;
-- Omar Khadr, convicted in October 2010;
-- Noor Uthman Muhammed, convicted in February 2011;
-- Abd Al Rahim Al Nashiri, arraigned in November 2011;
-- Majid Shoukat Khan, convicted in February 2012;
-- Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, arraigned in May 2012;
-- Walid Bin Attash, arraigned in May 2012;
-- Ramzi Bin Al Shibh, arraigned in May 2012;
-- Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, also known as Ammar Al-Baluchi, arraigned in May 2012;
-- Mustafa Al Hawsawi, arraigned in May 2012, and
-- Ahmed Al Darbi, convicted in February 2014.
Those tried under the Military Commissions Act of 2006 were David Hicks in March 2007, Salim Hamdan in August 2008 and Ali Al Bahlul in November 2008.
Hadi will remain in secure detention at Guantanamo Bay while awaiting trial, prosecution officials said.
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