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Guantanamo war crimes trial to start for former Baltimore resident

A citizen of Pakistan who once lived in Baltimore is headed for a Guantanamo war crimes tribunal.

Pentagon prosecutors filed charges Tuesday that include murder against Majid Khan. The 31-year-old faces up to life in prison if convicted. A Pentagon legal official has to review and approve the charges before he can be arraigned. That’s expected to take several months.

Khan graduated from a Baltimore area high school, moved to Pakistan and then returned to Baltimore in 2002. Prosecutors say by that time, he had become an al-Qaeda operative involved in plots in the U.S. and abroad. He has been detained in Guantanamo since September 2006 after being held in secret CIA custody.