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Immediate Release

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Abd al Hadi al Iraqi Sentencing Hearing

The Department of Defense invites media to cover the sentencing hearing in the case of United States v. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, scheduled for June 3-28.  The defendant entered a guilty plea in June of 2022.

The proceedings will be conducted at the Expeditionary Legal Complex located in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) Cuba and will be transmitted to a closed-circuit television site at Ft. Meade, Md.

For planning purposes, media desiring to travel to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) Cuba will depart from Joint Base Andrews, Md. on the date listed below with a round-trip flight cost of $800. Flights are Saturday to Saturday.

Media members should note the primary purpose of this invitation is to cover the military commissions.  Tours of the detention facilities are not available.  Requests for reporting on Guantanamo topics unrelated to the military commissions—such as the naval base facilities or personnel—must be coordinated in advance through the respective public officer. OMC public affairs can provide point of contact information as needed.

Coverage windows are based on Office of Military Commissions-chartered flight availability to/from Guantanamo.

  • June 1-8
  • June 8-15
  • June 15-22
  • June 22-29

Registration: Click here for registration and select the Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi case from the drop-down selection on the registration form. Enter the date as outlined above.

Deadline: All requests must be received no later than 12 p.m. EST, April 9.

Additional details of travel will be provided separately. By submitting the online request form, interested media will begin the travel process and respective OMC PAOs will be in touch to assist in travel preparations.

Media desiring to view this hearing from Fort Meade must send their requests via email to with e-mail subject line matching the court case and applicable media information: name, position, sponsoring organization and contact info.

Media may contact Lt. Cmdr. Adam Cole for additional questions at or 571-372-8934.