Accused in attack that killed Cpl. Jamie Murphy to be prosecuted
More than 10 years after Cpl. Jamie Murphy was killed by a suicide bomber while on duty in Afghanistan, a former al Qaeda leader will be charged for his alleged involvement in the killing.
Murphy, who was from Conception Harbour, was the first person from Newfoundland and Labrador to be killed in the Afghanistan conflict. He died near Kabul on Jan. 27, 2004, when a suicide bomber with explosives strapped to his body reportedly jumped on one of two jeeps carrying six Canadian soldiers on patrol.
The charges are being laid by the Pentagon against one of its detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, according to a legal document.
Arraignment within 30 days
Al-Hadi's indictment covers 12 pages, and documents scores of terrorist operations and the death tolls associated with them.
Allegations in a charge sheet released Tuesday by the U.S. Office of Military Commissions include that he "directed, organized, funded, supplied and oversaw" al-Qaeda's operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan from March 2002 to "in or about 2004."
He is alleged to have provided the suicide bomber himself and to have put up the money for the man's mission that ultimately took Murphy's life. The bombing also injured two other Canadian soldiers and several civilians.
According to news reports, al-Hadi is to be arraigned within the next 30 days.
He is charged with conspiracy to kill, using treachery and perfidy to obtain his goals and refusing to spare lives. Al-Hadi is also charged with attacking protected property.
The maximum penalty for all but one of the charges against him is life in prison. The charge of attacking protected property carries a 20-year maximum.
Family just wants 'to move on'
Murphy's family is aware of the impending indictment, but declined comment.
His mother, Alice Murphy, told CBC she's tired of having her son's death dragged up again and again and wants to move on.
A scholarship has been established in Cpl. Murphy's memory, and a street, Corporal Jamie Murphy Memorial Drive, was named after him in the community of Conception Harbour.
The Corporal Jamie Brendan Murphy Community Park at All Hallows Elementary in North River was also built in 2013.