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Guantanamo detainee reaches plea deal with prosecutors

Majid Khan, who was charged with war crimes for his alleged involvement with al Qaeda, reached a plea deal in return for testimony against other detainees.

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Guantanamo detainee, Majid Khan, has reached a plea deal with US prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against other alleged terrorists. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The Washington post reported that the US has reached a plea deal with a former Maryland resident held at Guantanamo.

Majid Khan, 31, a Pakistani- American, is charged with war crimes including murder, attempted murder, spying and providing material support for terrorism, after allegedly moving to Afghanistain to join al Qaeda and helping to plot post-911 terror acts against the United States.

According to the Washington Post, Khan reached an agreement with military prosecutors to testify against fellow detainees in return for a shorter sentence.

Khan, the only US resident in the Guantanamo Bay detention center, orginally faced the possibility of life in prison.

As a part of the plea agreement, Khan agreed to testify at military commission trials over four years, and would subsequently be eligible to be transferred back into Pakistani custody.

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The deal would mark the first plea agreement with a high-value detainee in Guantanamo according to the Washington Post.

A Pentagon spokesman would not confirm the plea agreement, but said that an arraignment hearing for Khan was set for Feb. 29, the AFP reported.

The Associated Press reported that Khan's lawyers and the Pentagon declined to comment on the matter.

Khan was arrested by Pakistani security officials in 2003 along with family members, who were later released. He was held in what was known as CIA "black sites" for three years before it was announced that he and other so called "high value detainees" had been transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

The US government claims that Khan was trained by 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed in order to destory petroleum infrastructure in the United States.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120222/guantanamo-detainee-reaches-plea-deal-prosecutor