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Embassies bomber appeals conviction for denial of speedy trial

Embassies bomber appeals conviction for denial of speedy trial

NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) -- A lawyer for Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani appealed his client's conviction for two U.S. embassy bombings because he said he was denied a speedy trial.
HRW: Ghailani verdict shows courts work

HRW: Ghailani verdict shows courts work

NEW YORK, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A life sentence for a man tied to deadly 1998 bombings of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania shows civilian courts can work for terrorism, a rights group said.
Embassies bomber given life in prison

Embassies bomber given life in prison

NEW YORK, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani will be incarcerated for life for his part in horrific attacks on two U.S. embassies in Africa, a judge ruled Tuesday in New York.

Man acquitted on all but 1 terror count

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A New York jury Wednesday acquitted a man accused in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on all but one of more than 280 counts.

Jury debate to resume in terror bombings

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The case of a man accused in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam,Tanzania, remains in the hands of a jury in New York.
Trial for blasts at embassies with jury

Trial for blasts at embassies with jury

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The fate of a man accused of conspiring to bomb U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 is with a jury seated in New York.

Trial opens in NYC for Gitmo detainee

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Jury selection began in New York this week for the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in a U.S. civilian court.

Court: Alleged terrorist not held too long

NEW YORK, July 13 (UPI) -- A New York federal judge rejected an accused terrorist's claim that his detention of almost five years violated his constitutional right to a speedy trial.
Judge dismisses claim of torture in jail

Judge dismisses claim of torture in jail

NEW YORK, May 11 (UPI) -- A federal judge in New York let stand terrorism charges against a man who claimed his civil rights were violated because he was tortured in CIA secret jails.

Bin Laden bodyguard: Stop cavity searches

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- Osama bin Laden's ex-bodyguard told a New York judge Thursday he would boycott his own trial if he kept getting a cavity search every time he went to court.

N.Y. trial of Gitmo detainee holds lessons

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The New York trial of a former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee holds lessons for the planned trial of the self-avowed Sept. 11, 2001, mastermind, analysts say.

U.S. Embassy 1998 bombing suspect charged

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Charges were sworn against the man the U.S. military said it believes was a key player in the 1998 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, officials said.

Al-Qaida plans attack on Pakistani leaders

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The al-Qaida terrorist network is plotting suicide attacks against key Pakistani leaders and sensitive installations, Pakistani officials said Saturday.

Pakistan takes credit for U.S. terror hike

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Pakistan took credit Monday for providing information that resulted in the U.S. terror alert level being raised in Washington and the New York City area.

U.S. wants al-Qaida lynchpin

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The United States has asked Pakistan to extradite an al-Qaida lynchpin arrested last week.
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Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani (Arabic: أحمد خلفان الغيلاني‎, ʼAḥmad Khalifān al-Ghaīlānī) is an alleged member of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization. He was indicted in the United States as a participant in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings. He was on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list from its inception in October 2001. In 2004, he was captured and detained by Pakistani forces in a joint operation with the United States, and was held until June 9, 2009, in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp; one of 14 Guantanomo detainees who had previously been held at secret locations abroad. According to The Washington Post, Ghailani told military officers he is contrite and claimed to be an exploited victim of al-Qaeda operatives.

Ghailani was transported from Guantanamo Bay to New York City to await trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in June 2009. When the case came to trial, the judge disallowed the testimony of a key witness. On November 17, 2010, a jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy, but acquitted him of 284 other charges including all murder counts. Critics of the Obama administration said the verdict proves civilian courts cannot be trusted to prosecute terrorists because it shows a jury might acquit such a defendant entirely. Supporters of the trial have said that the conviction and the stiff sentencing prove that the federal justice system works. Despite being convicted on only one of the 285 counts, when he is sentenced in January 2011, Ghailani still faces a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison. He is being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, pending the sentencing.

On Tuesday, January 24, 2011, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, the presiding judge in the case, sentenced Ahmed Ghailani, 36, to life in prison for the bombing, stating that any sufferings Ghailani experienced at the hands of the CIA or other agencies while in custody at Guantanamo Bay pales in comparison to the monumental tragedy of the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, which killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and left thousands injured or otherwise impacted by the crimes. The attacks were one of the deadliest non-wartime incidents of international terrorism to affect the United States; they were on a scale not surpassed until the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks three years later. Ghailani, who had said he was never involved and did not intend to kill anyone, had been portrayed as cooperating with investigators- yielding information wanted by investigators- and as remorseful by his defense counsel, but that argument of relative non-involvement or remorse was not accepted. He is the fifth person to be sentenced. Four others were sentenced to life in prison in a 2001 trial in Manhattan federal court. Osama bin Laden is also named in the indictment.

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