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Gitmo detainee pleads guilty to terror charges

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Authorities say Noor Uthman Muhammad was a trainer at a camp in Afghanistan
  • He was captured in Pakistan in 2002
  • He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday

(CNN) -- A Guantanamo Bay detainee held since 2002 pleaded guilty Tuesday to terror charges at a military commission hearing, the Defense Department said.

Noor Uthman Muhammed pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorism and conspiring to provide material support. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Muhammed, from Sudan, trained at a camp in Afghanistan and later became a weapons instructor and deputy camp commander, authorities have said. He initially denied the charges, saying the camp was not connected with al Qaeda or any other terrorist group.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced in November 2009 that Muhammed was among five Gitmo detainees who would be tried by military commission.

Authorities say Muhammed also delivered a fax machine to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, received a Somali passport and was involved with the Taliban.

His guilty plea Tuesday was part of a pre-trial agreement, the Defense Department said, without releasing details of the deal.

Muhammed was captured in March 2002 in Faisalabad, Pakistan.

 
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