Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Plea deal signals trouble with case against translator

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:49 AM
Original message
Plea deal signals trouble with case against translator
Plea deal signals trouble with case against translator
By Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff | January 8, 2005

A former Arabic translator at the federal prison camp at Guantanamo Bay has agreed to plead guilty Monday to taking classified material from the base and lying to investigators, under a deal with prosecutors that would make him a free man in a few months.

Ahmed Fathy Mehalba, 32, an Egyptian-born US citizen, will be sentenced to 20 months in prison if US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock accepts a plea agreement that federal prosecutors filed in US District Court in Boston yesterday.

The resolution of Mehalba's case would mark the end of a series of high-profile prosecutions of translators and military officers at Guantanamo Bay that began with accusations of espionage and treason and ended with far lesser charges or none at all.

Mehalba, a civilian translator, was one of four men arrested in summer and fall 2003 amid separate investigations into whether they had links to Muslim militants or were leaking information about interrogations or detainees at the camp, where the US government has detained hundreds on suspicion of links to Al Qaeda or the ousted Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

But no charges of spying or having terrorist ties remained against any of the four. In Mehalba's case, he will plead guilty to everything he was ultimately charged with: having taken information off the base he should not have had and lying about it.
(snip/...) /
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC