For the second time this month, the Obama administration has chosen to put a terror suspect linked to Al Qaeda on trial in a civilian court.
Justice Department officials announced on Wednesday that they would try a suspected Al Qaeda operative in civilian court in Brooklyn rather than sending him to Guantánamo Bay for trial before a military commission.
The announcement came as federal officials unsealed a six-count indictment naming Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun in various plots dating from 2001. Mr. Harun was secretly extradited from Italy in October and has been held in New York ever since.
Harun, also known as “Spin Ghul,” is accused of plotting to murder American military personnel in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003, and plotting to bomb US diplomatic offices in Nigeria from 2003 to 2005.
He is also charged with conspiring to provide material support, and actually providing material support, to Al Qaeda. In addition, the indictment charges him with using a machine gun, gunpowder, explosives, grenades, and missiles during the plots.
The decision to place him on trial in a civilian court follows the administration’s recent decision to transfer Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, to a federal court in New York.
Harun is a citizen of Niger who was born in Saudi Arabia. According to court documents, Harun traveled to Afghanistan in 2001, where he received training in Al Qaeda camps. After the 9/11 attacks, he allegedly fought against US forces while associated with Al Qaeda members in Pakistan.