The Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg reports:
The Pentagon war crimes prosecutor on Wednesday revived a Bush-era prosecution and charged a Saudi captive at Guantánamo with a 2002 terror attack on a French oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, and other al-Qaida-connected crimes.
If convicted by a military commission, Ahmed al Darbi, 47, could receive a maximum penalty of life in prison, the Pentagon said in an announcement.
All the other non-capital cases brought to the war court during the Obama administration resulted in plea deals that traded shortened sentences for cooperation in other Guantánamo cases. Darbi’s defense attorney, Ramzi Kassem, did not return calls and an email seeking a comment.
The commissions’ website has not released the new charges, which we’ll post as soon as we can get our hands on them.