Guantanamo prisoner goes before military tribunal


FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A Guantanamo Bay prisoner is facing war crimes charges for allegedly helping plan the suicide bombing of an oil tanker off Yemen in 2002 that killed a crewman and wounded a dozen others.

Ahmed al-Darbi of Saudi Arabia is being arraigned before a U.S. military tribunal judge Thursday on charges including terrorism and attacking civilians for alleged complicity in the al-Qaida attack on the French-flagged MV Limburg.

A relative by marriage to one of the Sept. 11 hijackers who crashed a plane into the Pentagon, al-Darbi has been at the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2002.

The arraignment was in Cuba but viewed by some journalists via closed circuit at Fort Meade military base near Baltimore.

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