Accused Al-Qaida Sleeper Agent sentenced to 8 Years in Prison : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

 
Bookmark and Share

Accused Al-Qaida Sleeper Agent sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

October 30, 2009

Pretoria, Illinois (RPRN) 10/30/09 — By Kane Farabaugh

Accused al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali al-Marri has been sentenced to more than eight years in a civilian prison. The Qatar native was labeled an "enemy combatant and held for years in isolation at a military prison in South Carolina. Al-Marri's sentence ends years of legal limbo and provides insight into how future cases of enemy combatants might be prosecuted by the U.S. government.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mihm sentenced al-Marri to eight years and four months in prison for his role as an al-Qaida sleeper agent in the months surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C.

During the sentencing hearing Thursday, defense attorneys tried to portray al-Marri as a low level operative, one that had little influence or clout in the al-Qaida organization and had not directly participated in an act of terrorism.

But prosecutors argued that al-Marri had confessed to training in various camps in Pakistan and had directly communicated with 9/11 mastermind Kalid Sheikh Mohammad.

Prosecuting attorney Joanna Baltes added that during an emotional closing statement, al-Marri failed to convince the judge he was no longer a threat.

"I think that its important to remember that the judge considers this a very serious offense and the judge's words based on listening to the defendants statement was that he did not believe that he truly rejected or that he was sorry for what he did when he came here and that he would do it again," Baltes said.

Despite the judge's misgivings, he did consider the time al-Marri spent in detention without charge. He also factored in the hardship al-Marri faced during interrogation procedures while in detention as an enemy combatant.

Defense attorney Andy Savage had prepared al-Marri for the possibility of a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison.

"I think Ali has always hoped for the best but planned for the worst, so he was fully aware that he could have got a much harsher sentence today," Savage said. "He was very pleased with the judge's analysis and the sentence."

In the end, al-Marri could serve as little as five years in prison, when factoring good conduct and time already served. He will face deportation once he completes his sentence.

Ali al-Marri is the last of three enemy combatants detained in the United States and held at the U.S. Navy prison in South Carolina. But as Bradley University political science professor Paul Lermack points out, al-Marri's case is not the end of the debate over how to prosecute enemy combatants.

"It may end in al-Marri's case in the sense that he will accept it and not appeal further, but the question of how to treat people like this is still continuing," Lermack said. "There will not be a resolution because he made a plea bargain, because he didn't chose to fight the way he could, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal that would have raised the fundamental questions."

One of those fundamental questions concerns the "Authorization for Use of Military Force" concerning people lawfully residing in the United States, and whether or not they can be seized and held indefinitely without being charged.

It is an issue the Supreme Court has yet to rule on, and one the high court will likely face, as efforts move forward to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

About the author:

Voice of America. The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: Article-byline, BREAKING NEWS, COURT NEWS, TERRORISM, War, World News

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / Anne Howard annehowardpublicist.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.

RSSFeed PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASES

Talkingtech.ca Launches Canadian Technology Forums

Toronto, Ontario 04/18/15 · Canadians with a love of everything hi-tech have...

Global Access CSG Announces New Chief Operating Officer

NEW YORK, NY and MINNEAPOLIS, MN 04/15/15 · Global Access CSG is pleased to announce the...

Newborn Foundation Featured at Shanghai Neonatal Forum

Saint Paul, MN / Shanghai, China 04/15/15 · Forum follows implementation visits to SW China newborn...

Minority-Owned Handbag Brand Continues to Emerge

Charlotte, NC 04/13/15 · He is commonly called “Mr. Sylvia”, but Sylvia...

By April 21, create a responsive site or be left out of Google top ranks

San Francisco, California 04/13/15 · By Anne Howard for TrafficStriker. Have you checked your...

Pressenger Mobile App Urges Users To Support Earth Day 2015 Thunderclap Campaign

Budapest, Hungary 04/11/15 · Participants use pre-call image to spread awareness about...

Diecasters shown how to save up to 85% off whole life running costs

Stuttgart, Germany 04/09/15 · Diecasters will be told how to save up...

Criminals Host Fake Government Services Web Sites

Reston, VA 04/08/15 · Criminals Host Fake Government Services Web Sites to...

Running Aces Introduces Renovated Simulcast Space in Preparation for Racing Season and Kentucky Derby

COLUMBUS, MN 04/08/15 ·   Running Aces Introduces Renovated Simulcast Space in Preparation...

Filipino Freedom Fighter to U.S. Army Officer - Bataan Death March Survivor

LOS ANGELES, CA 04/07/15 · By Farrell J. Chiles “My father told me us...

Doth Solutions Offers a Complete Suite of Intelligent IT Business Solutions

Mississauga, CA 04/01/15 · DotH Solutions, located in Mississauga, is a professionally...

Time to increase your public relations impact

SAN FRANCISCO 04/01/15 ·                 Your « SPRING2015 » Coupon is here! And with it...

Renew Life’s #MomentsOfJoy Campaign Gaining Momentum On Social Media

Milton, ON 03/26/15 · Supplement Co. Recognizing Canadians Making Positive Impact On...