Detainee to Face Military Tribunal

Associated Press
Wednesday, June 4, 2008

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 3 -- A former British resident accused of plotting with al-Qaeda to bomb apartment buildings in the United States was selected to face a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, the Pentagon said.

Ethiopian national Binyam Mohamed, 30, was charged despite a request from the British government last year to release him from the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba.

Mohamed is the 20th detainee selected to face the military tribunals at Guantanamo and the fifth in the last week.

Prosecutors allege that Mohamed agreed to rent apartments inside large buildings in the United States, fill them with natural gas and blow them up with timing devices.

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