Ali Charaf Damache, the Algerian terror suspect, was transferred by the Trump administration to the United States from Spain. He is to face the trial in the federal court, and not at the naval prison at Guantanamo Bay. Damache arrived in Philadelphia on July 21. His first appearance in court was to face charges related to conspiracy with regards to providing terrorists' material support. As per the Justice Department, he has allegedly conspired with Colleen LaRose, aka 'Jihad Jane', a US citizen who opted for a guilty plea after the American Government found proof of her plotting to kill an artist holding Swedish citizenship. She was ordered by Al Qaeda operatives to do so. The said artist had drawn Mohammed, the Muslim prophet. LaRosa was subsequently convicted. She is now locked away in a secure US holding facility. Incidentally, she was prosecuted in the US Federal court in Pennsylvania's Eastern District- the same court which Damache will appear in.
Damache was indicted in 2011 in the United States. He was accused of being engaged in a conspiracy to recruit men for the purpose of waging 'violent jihad' in South Asia and Europe. He was also convicted of having organized what was described as 'violent jihad organization' made up of women and men sourced from the United States and Europe.
The prosecution of Damache in Federal courts is a departure from what Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General and President Donald J. Trump have previously put forward, namely that individuals suspected of terrorist activities will be held and also tried at Guantanamo prison. The suspects will not be afforded the luxury of civilian courts. The Attorney General said strongly that Gitmo is an excellent location for incarcerating such dangerous criminals. Damache's extradition comes only a few days after Sessions made his maiden trip to Gitmo after he was appointed to the Attorney General position earlier in July.
According to relevant law enforcement officials, Damache's case has a number of aspects which need the alleged terrorist to be prosecuted in federal court. This includes the fact that a number of alleged co-conspirators and witnesses are to be found in Pennsylvania. It helps that European officials entrusted with his extradition to the US would not have agreed to an extradition where he will have to be locked in Guantanamo Bay facility. His federals court trial has approval from American Civil Liberties Union or the ACLU. The latter said that it's the correct procedure to prosecute all terrorism cases in the federal courts.