A Guantanamo detainee pled guilty to war crimes charges on Wednesday as part of a deal with the US government that would see him testify against other terrorism suspects, court documents showed.
Majid Khan, 32, had faced charges of war crimes including murder, attempted murder, spying and providing material support for terrorism, and had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Khan’s final sentencing will be delayed for another four years and he could be released between 2016 and 2031, even though under current policy he could be held indefinitely as an ‘enemy combatant,’ the Miami Herald reported from the hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The charges against Khan related to allegedly planning attacks with the terrorist network al-Qaeda, including involvement in a 2003 hotel bombing in Indonesia and a possible plot to assassinate Pakistan’s then-president Pervez Musharraf.
The deal would see him testify in hearings and trials over the next four years and could allow him to eventually be returned to Pakistan.
Khan was a former US legal resident in Baltimore, Maryland, and was allegedly of high value within al-Qaeda because of his ability to blend into US society. He allegedly worked closely with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington