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Immediate Release

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi

July 10, 2017

The Department of Defense and the Office of Military Commissions will allocate seats for news media to view United States v. Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi proceedings at Fort Belvoir, Va., scheduled for July 12.

The hearing will be conducted pursuant to United States v. DuBay, 17 U.S.C.M.A. 147, 37 C.M.R. 411 (1967), to make findings of fact and conclusions of law regarding whether (a) al Qosi is currently an unprivileged enemy belligerent, and (b) under present circumstances whether al Qosi can be made to respond to any judgment that the Court may render in response to his appeal.

Currently the hearing is scheduled for one day, but in the event that it cannot be completed in one day, scheduling will be determined by the military judge on the record.

Media desiring to view this hearing should send their request via email to

All requests must be received no later than 12 p.m. EST, Tuesday, July 11. Due to a limited number of seats available in the gallery, selection is not guaranteed, but multiple names from the same organization may be listed.

Media members should submit the following information to the above email address above:

- Individual's name
- Individual's position
- Sponsoring organization
- Contact information (cell phone and email)
- Birthdate
- Gender
- Passport country
- Passport number
- Passport expiration date
- Country of residence

In addition, advance installation-access security preclearance is required for all media members by submitting the following information to or (703) 805-5001

- Full name on driver's license
- Driver's license number
- Driver’s license state of issue

NOTE 1: The primary purpose is courtroom reporting, but recorded standups outside of the court building may be allowed on a pre-authorized basis as long as the requested timeslot is non-overlapping with courtroom sessions.

NOTE 2: All media must ensure their passports and/or other identification is up-to-date.

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