Third plea deal for Guantanamo prisoner

Miami HeraldFebruary 15, 2011 

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — A Sudanese man accused of training a generation of terrorists ahead of the 9/11 attacks pleaded guilty Tuesday to supporting terror and conspiring with al Qaeda — handing the Obama administration its third plea in a row at the reformed war court.

Noor Uthman Mohammed, in his 40s, stood silently in white traditional gown and skullcap as his Army lawyer, Maj. Amy Fitzgibbons, entered the plea on behalf of the 90s era weapons instructor and some-time operations manager of the Khaldan terror training camp along the tribal frontier border between Afghan-Pakistan.

He said only yes — na’am in Arabic — when asked whether he understood the proceedings.

The judge, Navy Capt. Moira Modzelewski, sealed the substance of the plea, signed by Noor with a thumbprint Jan. 26 — what the captive agreed he did at the camp and in the company of an alleged arch-terrorist known as Abu Zubaydah, as well as how much time he would have to serve on a punitive cellblock as a war criminal.

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