The Department of Defense announced today that Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi was sentenced to 13 years in confinement for conspiracy, attacking civilian objects, hazarding a vessel, terrorism, attempts, and aiding the enemy.
The sentencing hearing took place today in a military commission courtroom at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
During his Feb. 20, 2014, guilty pleas, al-Darbi pled guilty to the charged offenses stemming from an attempt to carry out terrorist attacks against shipping vessels in the Strait of Hormuz and off the coast of Yemen, and a completed terrorist attack against the French oil tanker, MV Limburg. As part of his plea deal he agreed to delay his sentence proceeding in order to cooperate with the Government.
Under the terms of the pre-trial agreement, al-Darbi agreed to testify for the United States at any military commission, federal court proceeding, or federal grand jury proceeding against other individuals alleged to have been involved in terrorist activity. al-Darbi has cooperated with U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies and, as part of the pre-trial agreement, must continue to cooperate. In exchange for al-Darbi's guilty plea and promise to cooperate and testify, the Convening Authority agreed to limit the amount of confinement that would be approved. If al-Darbi fails to comply with his promise to testify and cooperate, his prior plea agreement could be cancelled by the Convening Authority.
Once the record of trial is finalized, it will be sent to the Convening Authority for Military Commissions for action on the findings and sentence. Al-Darbi can submit matters in clemency in order to convince the Convening Authority to lessen his adjudged sentence further. After review of the clemency submissions, the Convening Authority may set aside the findings with respect to any charge, and he may reduce, but not increase, al-Darbi's sentence. After reviewing the record and taking final action on the findings and sentence, the Convening Authority will serve notice upon al-Darbi of his final decision.