Bill will leave Balto. Co. man, other de­tainees at Guan­tanamo Bay

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND -

Con­gres­sional ne­go­tia­tors stripped a pro­vi­sion from an an­nual bill that would have opened up a way for a Bal­ti­more County man who has spent more than a decade at Guan­tanamo Bay to leave the mil­i­tary prison, of­fi­cials said Tues­day. A se­nior aide to the House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee said the bill will not make any changes to the law on the mil­i­tary prison where 60 ter­ror sus­pects are be­ing held. The aide called the bill’s ap­proach to the prison “sta­tus quo.” Among the de­tainees is Ma­jid Khan, who grad­u­ated from Owings Mills High School be­fore head­ing to Pak­istan and link­ing up with se­nior al-Qaida lead­ers. He has pleaded guilty be­fore a mil­i­tary com­mis­sion to mur­der, spy­ing and con­spir­acy for his plot­ting and role in a deadly ho­tel bomb­ing in In­done­sia. Aides pro­vided a brief­ing on the bill, which is ex­pected to be in­tro­duced to­day, on the con­di­tion that they not be named. Khan’s lawyer could not be reached for com­ment. Khan, who was tor­tured by CIA in­ter­roga­tors be­fore be­ing sent to Guan­tanamo, re­cently agreed to spend sev­eral more years co­op­er­at­ing with Amer­i­can in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­fore re­ceiv­ing his sen­tence, de­spite plead­ing guilty in 2012. There is no guar­an­tee that he would be re­leased from Guan­tanamo af­ter serv­ing any sen­tence that a judge there im­posed. The Se­nate passed a ver­sion of the de­fense bill ear­lier this year in­clud­ing a pro­vi­sion that de­tainees at Guan­tanamo could plead guilty be­fore a civil­ian court and serve their sen­tence in a prison over­seas. The idea would have sidestepped the need to bring any de­tainees to the United States as part of the process of clos­ing Guan­tanamo, a move con­gres­sional lead­ers op­pose. But the pro­vi­sion did not sur­vive the negotiations be­tween the House and The man­ager of a Tow­son as­sisted liv­ing facil-

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