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Gitmo detainee sentenced to at least 34 months' confinement

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Noor Uthman Muhammed pleaded guilty Tuesday to terror charges
  • He admitted to serving many roles at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan
  • He has agreed to testify for the U.S. at future military commissions under a plea deal

(CNN) -- A Guantanamo Bay detainee held since 2002 was sentenced Friday to at least 34 months in confinement after pleading guilty earlier this week to terror charges at a military commission hearing, the Defense Department said.

Noor Uthman Muhammed pleaded guilty Tuesday to providing material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

At his presentencing hearing, Muhammed "admitted to serving many roles at the Khaldan terrorist training camp in Afghanistan beginning in 1994," the Defense Department said.

Muhammed, originally from Sudan, also admitted that trainees at the camp during his tenure included Mohammed al Owhali, who was convicted in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, and confessed al Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui.

"Under the terms of the pre-trial agreement, Muhammed agreed to testify for the United States at any military commission, federal court proceeding, or federal grand jury proceeding against other individuals involved in terrorist activity," the Defense Department said.

The sentence handed down Friday initially called for 14 years in confinement, but under Muhammed's plea deal, the Convening Authority of the commission agreed to suspend "any period of confinement greater than 34 months," according to the Defense Department.

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.

Muhammed was captured in March 2002 in Faisalabad, Pakistan.