Saudi in Gitmo pleads guilty

February 21, 2014 - 5:58:49 am
FORT MEADE: The brother-in-law of a September 11, 2001, aircraft hijacker pleaded guilty in a US military court yesterday to plotting with Al Qaeda to blow up oil tankers in the Middle East.

Ahmed Al Darbi, 39, is held at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba.

Judge Mark Allred, an Air Force colonel, accepted Al Darbi’s plea to all six war-crime charges, made through his attorney Ramzi Kassem.

Under a plea agreement, he will serve another nine to 15 years.

Sentencing will take place in 3-1/2 years, giving Al Darbi time to complete the terms of his plea agreement, which include cooperating with US authorities.

Under the terms of his plea deal, Al Darbi would be repatriated to Saudi Arabia in four years.