Noor Uthman Muhammed
|This article's lead section may not adequately summarize key points of its contents. (August 2011)|
|Noor Uthman Muhammed|
|Alternate name||Muhammed Noor Uthman
|Charge(s)||Charges initiated May 23, 2008.|
|Status||Transferred to Sudan|
Noor Uthman Muhammed is a citizen of Sudan who was confined in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camp, in Cuba where he served a sentence for terrorism convictions before the Guantanamo military commission
Noor Uthman Muhammaed is a citizen of Sudan who described working at the Khalden training camp, in Afghanistan, from the mid-1990s, until it was shut down in 2000. He first worked as a small-arms instructor, but after a few months of discontent he asked for a transfer. Instead, Noor Uthman Muhammad was assigned as Khalden training camp's quartermaster. He was responsible for the collection and distribution of camp supplies, such as food, water and firewood. He denies membership in al Qaida or the Taliban, and described the Khalden camp as being an independent camp.
Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts describe him as being a senior member of al Qaida's leadership cadre. Noor Uthman Muhammaed was captured in Abu Zubaydah's house in Faisalabad on March 24, 2002, along with Abu Zubaydah, Sufyian Barhoumi, Ghassan al-Shirbi, Jabran Al Qahtani, Abdul Zahir and several other suspects. Four of the other captives captured in that house were to face charges before the Guantanamo military commissions, in 2005 and 2006.
On May 23, 2008 charges were initiated against Noor Uthman Muhammed . The charges won't be official until they are confirmed by Susan J. Crawford, the Office of Military Commissions Appointing Authority.
On 21 October 2008 Susan J. Crawford the official in charge of the Office of Military Commissions announced charges were dropped being dropped against Noor Uthman and four other captives, Jabran al Qahtani, Ghassan al Sharbi, Sufyian Barhoumi, and Binyam Mohamed. Carol J. Williams, writing in the Los Angeles Times reports that all five men had been connected by Abu Zubaydah—one of the three captives the CIA has acknowledged was interrogated using the controversial technique known as "waterboarding".
Williams quoted the men's attorneys, who anticipated the five men would be re-charged in thirty days. They told Williams that: "... prosecutors called the move procedural", and attributed it to the resignation of fellow Prosecutor Darrel Vandeveld, who resigned on ethical grounds. Williams reported that Clive Stafford Smith speculated that the Prosecution's dropping of the charges, and plans to subsequently re-file charges later was intended to counter and disarm the testimony Vandeveld was anticipated to offer, that the Prosecution had withheld exculpatory evidence.
The current charges  against Noor Uthman were instated on 5 December 2008.
On 13 November 2009, the Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Noor Uthman's case would continue in a military commission.
On April 8, 2010, Carol Rosenberg, writing in the Miami Herald, reported Captain Moira Modzelewski, the Presiding Officer over Noor's military commission, predicted she would require a year to review the secret evidence against Noor. According to Rosenberg the provisions within the Military Commissions Act of 2009 allowed the use of classified evidence, but only after a review by the Presiding Officer. The Prosecution could submit a summary of classified evidence, in lieu of the evidence itself, but the Presiding Officer was required to review every document the summary was based on, to ensure it was a fair summary.
On September 21, 2010, Carol Rosenburg, again writing in the Miami Herald, reported that prosecutor Marine Major James Weirick stated that “Noor Uthman Mohammed for a number of years was the principal trainer and in charge of all training at the Khalden training camp in Afghanistan that provided numerous individuals who went on to serve for al Qaida.
On 15 February 2011, Noor Uthman Muhammed pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism, and conspiracy to providing material support to an international terrorist organization and terrorism. He was sentenced to 14 years of confinement.
On May 15, 2013 Charlie Savage, reporting in the New York Times reported that although Noor's plea deal was supposed to see him serve an additional 34 months in Guantanamo, he might not be released, after all. Savage was reporting on an April motion from Noor's lawyer, that requested the Presiding Officer to compel the DoD to release Noor as scheduled. They asserted that Noor had fully complied with the plea deal, but the officials known as the Convening Authority were not doing so. Further, Savage noted the exemption in law Congress had passed barring the release of captives—unless they had been sentenced and completed their terms, was going to expire three months before Noor's scheduled release. An additional complication was that the Washington DC Circuit Court of Appeals had overturned the sentences of two other captives who had plead guilty to the same change Noor pleaded to, as the charges barred the fundamental principle that no one should face charges for an act that was legal at the time they committed it, and that Noor too was likely to have his sentence overturned.
Noor was transferred to Sudan on December 19, 2013.
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According to the charges, Muhammed was a member of al-Qaida, trained at a camp in Afghanistan and later become a weapons instructor. From 1996 to 2000 he was deputy commander of the camp, where he oversaw its operations.mirror
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“Noor has kept both the letter and spirit of his promises under the plea agreement, but the government has not,” the filing says. “More than two years have passed since the written plea agreement was signed by the government, and yet the convening authority continues to delay in carrying out the procedural steps necessary to pave the way for Noor’s release and repatriation. As a matter of contract law and basic fairness, the plea agreement between Noor and the government should be enforced.”
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