Former US resident at Guantanamo seeking shorter sentence

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A former U.S. resident who joined al-Qaida and is now jailed at the Guantanamo Bay detention center is seeking a shorter sentence as he returns to court on the U.S. base in Cuba.

Majid Khan pleaded guilty in 2012 under a plea deal. He agreed to cooperate and testify against other Guantanamo detainees charged with crimes. He will be sentenced by a military commission this summer and faces a maximum of 19 years under the deal.

Now, lawyers for the Pakistani-native who grew up outside Baltimore are hoping to reduce that because of his harsh treatment in CIA custody.

Khan was in court Monday as his lawyers battle prosecutors for access to witnesses and documents.

Media including The Associated Press viewed proceedings by closed-circuit television from Fort Meade, Maryland.