– MAJID KHAN TO PLEA GUILTY
A high-value terror suspect Majid Khan, held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has reached a plea agreement with military prosecutors in which he would plead guilty and agree to testify against other detainees in return for a reduced sentence, according to a source familiar with the case on Wednesday 02/22/2012.
Majid Khan, 31, was charged, in early 02/2012, with conspiracy, murder and attempted murder in violation of the law of war, providing material support for terrorism and spying. He was scheduled to be arraigned on 02/29/2012. If convicted during a military commission he faced a maximum of life in prison.
The source familiar with the case said Majid Khan would plead guilty to all charges under the terms of the agreement, but the source would not specify exactly how much time Najid Khan would have to serve if the agreement is approved by a military judge. The source familiar with the negotiations would not comment on a Washington Post report that Khan might be transferred to Pakistan at some point after fulfilling the obligation to testify in military commissions for other terror suspects.
Majid Khan is a Pakistani national who lived in the United States from 1996 to early 2002. Majid Khan’s family settled in Baltimor, Maryland, where he attended Owings Mills High School. Like many American teens, Majid Khan listened to hip-hop and played video games.
Majid Khan helped out his family by working the cash register at the family-owned business, his father’s gas station. He was granted asylum in the USA in 1998, and graduated the following year. Majiid Khan was also an active member in the local Muslim community, volunteering to teach computer classes for youth at the Islamic Society of Baltimore and attending services at his local Mosque, a mile away from his family home
The The government maintains Majid Khan joined members of Al Qaeda following The 9/11. Majid Khan is accused of working for the self-proclaimed mastermind of those attacks — Khalid Shaik Mohammed — and other Al Qaeda members when he returned to Pakistan in 06/ 2002, where he married his wife, Rabia. Majid Khan subsequently returned to the United States for a short period to continue his work as a database administrator in a Maryland government office. He claims that he helped the FBI investigate and arrest an illegal immigrant from Pakistan during this time.
Majid Khan allegedly traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, in 12/2002 and provided $50,000 in Al Qaeda money that ultimately reached the terror group JINDONESIAN JI. The funds allegedly were used to finance the 08/2003 bombing of the J.W.Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, which killed 11 people and wounded more than 180.
On 12/25/2002, Aafia Siddiqui made a trip to the USA where she had lived from Pakistan, saying that she was looking for a job. She left the U.S. on 02/02.003. The FBI suspects that the real purpose of her trip was to open a P.O box for Majid Khan. Siddiqui listed Majid Khan as a co-owner, and falsely identified him as her husband.[The key of the P.O. box was later found in the possession of Uzair Paracha, who was convicted of providing material support to Al Qaeda and sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in 2006. Aafia Siddiqui’s ex-husband has also said he was suspicious of Siddiqui’s intentions, as she made her trip at a time when U.S. universities are closed.
According Ayman Faris’s testimony Majid Khan had referred to Khalid Shaik Mohammed as an “uncle” and spoken of a desire to kill then president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf . After Majid Khan was taken into custody, in Karachi, Pakistan, on 03/05/2003, he was extradited to US autorities and sent to a CIA Black Holes (see – TORTURE).
While still in CIA secret prison, Majid Khan provided the CIA with the critical intelligence that helped them break up a network of Southeast Asian terrorists that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -KSM had recruited to carry out the “second wave” of attacks in the United States—a plot to hijack an airplane and fly it into the tallest building on the West Coast, the Library Tower in Los Angeles (see – Library Tower Plot).
CIA officials went to Majid Khan’s cell and confronted him with this information from KSM. Majid Khan confirmed KSM’s account and provided additional information—telling them that he had delivered the money to a JI operative named Zubair. Khan then provided both a physical description and a contact number for Zubair. This was a vital breakthrough. The contact number not only gave officials the ability to track down and capture Zubair in 06/2003—it also gave the National Security Agency the opportunity to begin using signals intelligence to track the entire JI network behind the plot.
Zubair, whose real name is Mohamad Farik Amin, was associate with the notorious Indonesian operative Hambali and his arrest led to the arrest of Hambali himself in Thailand on 08/11/2003.
Khan and 13 other high-value detainees were transferred to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in 2006.
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