Thursday, July 12, 2012
The US Department of Defense announced in a press release yesterday that it has released Mahmoud al Qosi, a Sudanese native and admitted al Qaeda member, from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and allowed him to return to Sudan. Al Qosi was released pursuant to a 2010 plea agreement in which he admitted to supporting al Qaeda since 1996 in hostilities against the United Staes. At various times, he acted as a cook, an accountant and as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard. He was brought to Guantanamo Bay in 2002. Al Qosi was the first detainee to be tried under the revised rules for military tribunals introduced by the Obama Administration. He was originally sentenced to 14 years, but his sentence was reduced by 2 years under the plea agreement. There are 168 detainees remaining at Guantanamo Bay.