Feds Consider Bringing Another High-Level Gitmo Prisoner to Trial in NYC
Federal prosecutors are weighing sending Guantanamo prisoner Majid Khan to face a federal court trial in New York, The Associated Press reports, based on an anonymous source.
Khan is one of fewer than two dozen “high-value” detainees at the prison camp, believed to be a senior member of al-Qaeda or an insider in its terror network. He is a legal U.S. resident who lived in Baltimore before moving to Pakistan. The government is considering bringing him to trial in a civilian court in Brooklyn.
Although it’s not clear why his case in particular would be brought to New York, the AP reports that it may be because Khan allegedly met with a man in 2001 who later pleaded guilty to plotting to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge.
Military officials also say Khan funneled money to al-Qaeda and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and helped fund an attack on a Marriott Hotel in Indonesia in 2003. That attack killed 12 people and injured 144 more, including two U.S. citizens, the AP reports.
Khan was captured in 2003.