Bin Laden chef sentenced to 14 years in jail

By : | August 12, 2010 | World Political News

Osama Bin Laden’s former cook and driver has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by a Guantanamo Bay tribunal. Sudanese-born Ibrahim al-Qosi had admitted conspiracy and providing support for terrorism.

However,he could serve far less time because of a plea deal which is likely to remain secret for several weeks.

Under the agreement, Qosi also admitted working as Bin Laden’s bodyguard and helping him avoid capture by US forces. The sentence will now be reviewed by the Pentagon. Qosi, 50, was detained by US forces in 2001 after fleeing an al-Qaeda hide-out in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains.

He has admitted running a kitchen in Bin Laden’s compound while being aware that al-Qaeda was a terrorist organisation, the BBC’s Steve Kingstone in Washington reports.