Ter­ror­ism sus­pect brought into U.S.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

PHILADEL­PHIA — Pres­i­dent Donald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has brought an al-Qaida sus­pect to the United States to face trial in fed­eral court, back­ing off its po­si­tion that ter­ror­ism sus­pects should be sent to the naval prison in Guan­tanamo Bay, Cuba, rather than to civil­ian court­rooms.

The sus­pect, Ali Charaf Da­mache, 52, was trans­ferred from Spain and ap­peared Fri­day in fed­eral court in Philadel­phia, mak­ing him the first for­eigner brought to the United States to face ter­ror­ism charges un­der Trump. Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve that Da­mache was an al-Qaida re­cruiter. He was charged with help­ing plot to kill a Swedish car­toon­ist who de­picted the Prophet Muham­mad in car­toons.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions has re­peat­edly said that ter­ror­ism sus­pects should be held and pros­e­cuted at Guan­tanamo Bay.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to ques­tions about whether Ses­sions had changed his views on civil­ian tri­als or why Da­mache was be­ing brought to fed­eral court.

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