Pakistani at Guantanamo Charged With Supporting Terror

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday charged a Pakistani national held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with supporting terrorism.

The Pentagon said the Office of Military Commissions referred charges against Majid Shoukat Khan to a military commission. They include conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, providing material support to terrorism, and spying.

Military prosecutors allege that Khan attempted to assassinate former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and conspired with the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in a plot to blow up underground gasoline storage tanks at gas stations in the U.S.

He is also accused of delivering $50,000 in al-Qaida funding to finance the bombing of a hotel in Indonesia in 2003, resulting in the killing of 11 people and wounding of at least 81 others.

Khan has been held at Guantanamo since 2003. He lived in the United States from 1996 to early 2001.