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Topic - David Iglesias
A Guantanamo jury recommended a 14-year sentence Wednesday for an al Qaeda cook, though its decision may be overruled by a plea bargain that will limit the time he spends in prison.
A U.S. military judge on Monday ordered that a plea agreement capping the sentence of an Osama bin Laden aide be sealed, shrouding in secrecy the first Guantanamo conviction under President Obama.
The Bush administration's Justice Department's actions were inappropriately political -- but not criminal -- when it fired a U.S. attorney in 2006, prosecutors said in closing a two-year investigation without filing charges.
Iglesias said the recommended sentencing range was determined in discussions between attorneys for al-Qosi and the convening authority, retired Vice Adm. Bruce MacDonald, a former Navy judge advocate general with broad powers over the system for prosecuting terror suspects.
"We don't want to create a disincentive for a detainee to plead guilty," Capt. Iglesias said, without elaborating.