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The second DuBay Hearing before the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review was held on April 9, 2019, at Joint Base Andrews of ISN 54 Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud Al Qosi.
Subject of Hearing:
Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, formerly interned at GTMO with Internment Serial Number (ISN) 54 and alternately known as Mohammed Ahmed and Abu Khubab al Sudani, is a Sudanese citizen who was captured and interned for his involvement in terrorist financial networks and active combat. He filed several cases during his detention, including a habeas corpus case, and was eventually charged by a military commission. Al Qosi pled guilty to the lesser charges, and so was found guilty of conspiracy and of providing material support for terrorism. While he received a sentence of 14 years of confinement, the judge in that case suspended 12 years of the sentence on three conditions, one of which was that Al Qosi would not become involved in or otherwise support terrorism in the future.
Subsequent to his repatriation to Sudan, Al Qosi re-engaged in acts of terrorism and became one of the public faces of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The U.S. Court of Military Commission Review (USCMCR) ordered a DuBay hearing to determine if Al Qosi does now qualify as an “unprivileged enemy belligerent” in violation of his sentence suspension and so can be made the subject of recall efforts to enforce the remaining 12 years of his sentence and bring him to trial for crimes committed after his release. Though no information is available to determine whether Al Qosi was aware of this hearing, his first DuBay hearing was scheduled for 12 July 2017.
See ISN 54 below for summary of most recent hearing on April 9, 2019.
|ISN Number||Name of Detainee|
|ISN 54||Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud Al Qosi
|ISN 63||Mohammad Mani Ahmad Al Qahtani
|ISN 569|| Suhayl Abdul Anam Al Sharabi
|ISN 1457|| Sharqawi Abdu Ali Al Hajj
The Hill published the following article by Thomas Wheatley, a participant in Judicial Watch’s GTMO Observer Program.
“Trump, honor Obama’s agreement to release Guantanamo detainee,”
The Hill, October 4, 2017
About Thomas Wheatley, https://www2.gmu.edu/news/424386
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