Judge rules Iraqi can be tried in civilian court

September 27, 2011 - 12:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that an Iraqi national charged in Kentucky with terrorism-related crimes can be tried in civilian court.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell on Tuesday ruled that the Geneva Convention doesn't stop federal prosecutors from bringing charges against 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan.

Alwan's attorneys sought to have several charges dismissed because they stem from conduct in Iraq.

Alwan and 23-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were arrested in Kentucky in May and charged with conspiring to send weapons and money to al-Qaida in Iraq. They have pleaded not guilty and remain in federal custody.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has been pushing to have Alwan and Hammadi tried at the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay. McConnell's office did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.