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Guantanamo Translator Faces Court Martial Next Week

The military spy trial of a U.S. Air Force translator who worked at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp that holds al Qaeda and Taliban suspects will begin at Travis Air Force Base in California next Monday, the Air Force said on Wednesday. A military judge will open the trial for Senior Airman Ahmad al Halabi of Detroit, Michigan, and will likely arraign the suspect and hear pretrial motions in the case. Al Halabi, 23, who denies the charges, was arrested on July 23 and is accused of carrying jail maps, letters and other sensitive documents away from Guantanamo. He is one of four men, including another Arabic translator and a Muslim chaplain, charged in connection with their work at Guantanamo. The military jury will not be present at the initial procedural session of the trial for al Halabi on charges of spying and aiding the enemy. The Air Force ruled earlier that al Halabi would not be sentenced to death even if convicted on these charges. Full Story

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