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Kin of 9/11 hijacker to face judge in Guantanamo

February 6, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. military is moving forward with a war crimes case against a Guantanamo prisoner related to a Sept. 11 hijacker.

Ahmed al-Darbi of Saudi Arabia will face charges that include attacking civilians and terrorism for alleged complicity in the al-Qaida attack on a French tanker in October 2002 off Yemen that killed one civilian. He faces up to life in prison.

The charges were filed in August 2012 subject to approval by a Pentagon legal official. The approval announced Wednesday means al-Darbi must be arraigned within 30 days at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Al-Darbi is married to a sister of one of the hijackers who crashed an airliner into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

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