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Immediate Release

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi

March 7, 2017


The United States v.  Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi Military Commission's hearing previously scheduled for April 3 - 7 is cancelled. The judge's cancellation order is posted on the Office of Military Commissions website (

The Department of Defense and the Office of Military Commissions will allocate seats for news media aboard military chartered aircraft for travel from Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to cover a military commission pre-sentencing hearing scheduled for United States v. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi, April 3 - 7.

Travel originates at Andrews AFB, Maryland, on Sunday, April 2; return flight from Guantanamo to Andrews AFB, Saturday, April 8.

Due to a limited number of seats aboard the flight and limited accommodations at Guantanamo Bay, selection is not guaranteed. However, there is additional opportunity for media members to view the proceedings by closed circuit television (CCTV) from a media work center at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, from April 3 - 7.

Media desiring to view these hearings from either location should send their request via email to Media members should submit their names, positions, sponsoring organization, contact information, birthdate, and passport information to the above email address. Multiple names from the same organization may be listed. Requesters should indicate each individual's desire to be considered for travel to Guantanamo or attendance at Fort Meade. All requests must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT, March 17, 2017.

NOTE 1: There are no tours of detention camps scheduled during military commissions. Requests for reporting on Guantanamo topics not related to the military commission (courtroom) must be coordinated through OSD Public Affairs and Joint Task Force-Guantanamo public affairs. The primary purpose of travel to Guantanamo is courtroom reporting.

NOTE 2: All media must ensure their passports and visas (foreign press) are up-to-date and eligible to enter and exit the United States.

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Further information including the media ground rules can be viewed at the Office of Military Commissions website at