U.S. military officials have formally
referred espionage and treason charges against an Arabic translator for Al-Qaida
and Taleban prisoners for a court-martial trial.
The Defense Department said Thursday the charges against Air Force airman
Ahmad Al-Halabi, 24, include four counts of espionage and one count of aiding
The charges include allegations the Syrian-born Al-Halabi transmitted sensitive
documents about the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and about
some Al-Qaida and Taleban suspects, to Syria.
Lawyers for Senior Airman Al-Halabi have denied the allegations
It is not clear when the court-martial will be held. Senior Airman al-Halabi
was arrested on July 23. Yousef Yee, a former U.S. military Muslim chaplain,
is also under military detention on suspicion of espionage at Guantanamo.