Military seeks to expand case against detainee

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Posted: Dec 02, 2009 8:58 PM

Military prosecutors on Wednesday sought to persuade a judge in Guantanamo Bay's war crimes court to amend the charge sheet for a Sudanese detainee accused of being a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden.

The prosecutors asked the military judge to allow more specifications to be added to charges of conspiracy and providing support for terrorism against Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, according to an e-mail from Joseph DellaVedova, a spokesman for the Pentagon's Office of Military Commissions.

The attorneys did not publicly disclose what they want added to the case against al Qosi, a 49-year-old Sudanese who was captured in 2001 and was one of the first prisoners brought to the isolated base in 2002.

During the Wednesday hearing, there were also a series of defense motions asking for the case to be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that al Qosi was one of the detainees headed to military commissions in the United States.