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Gitmo detainee acquitted of all but 1 charge in NY

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By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Tom Hays, Associated Press – 39 mins ago

NEW YORK – The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial was acquitted Wednesday of all but one of the hundreds of charges he helped unleash death and destruction on two U.S. embassies in 1998 — a mixed result for what's been viewed as a terror test case.

A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani of one count of conspiracy to destroy U.S. property and acquitted him on more than 280 other counts, including one murder count for each of the 224 people killed in the embassy bombings. The anonymous jurors deliberated over seven days.

Ghailani, 36, rubbed his face, smiled and hugged his lawyers after the jurors filed out of the courtroom.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan had thanked the jury, saying the outcome showed that justice "can be rendered calmly, deliberately and fairly by ordinary people — people who are not beholden to any government, even this one."

In a statement, Department of Justice spokesman Matthew Miller said U.S. officials "respect the jury's verdict" and are "pleased" that Ghailani faces a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison at sentencing on Jan. 25.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement that Ghailani "will face, and we will seek, the maximum sentence of life without parole."

Defense attorney Peter Quijano welcomed the acquittals. He said the one conviction would be appealed.

"We still truly believe he is innocent of all these charges," Quijano said. Still, Ghailani, who could have faced a mandatory life sentence if convicted of some of the other counts, "believed he got a fair trial," he added.

Prosecutors had branded Ghailani a cold-blooded terrorist. The defense portrayed him as a clueless errand boy, exploited by senior al-Qaida operatives and framed by evidence from contaminated crime scenes.

The trial, at a lower Manhattan courthouse, had been viewed as a test for President Barack Obama's administration's aim of putting other terror detainees — including self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — on trial on U.S. soil.


 
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Mr Ghailani was captured in 2004 in Pakistan​

The first Guantanamo detainee tried in a US civilian court has been found not guilty of all but one of 286 terror charges over the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa.
Tanzanian Ahmed Ghailani, 36, was found guilty of conspiracy to damage or destroy US property with explosives.
But he was cleared of many other counts including murder and murder conspiracy.
Ghailani faces a minimum of 20 years in prison. The verdict comes as the US weighs other civilian terror trials.
The BBC's Iain Mackenzie, in Washington, says the verdict will be seen as a huge blow to the Obama administration and its pledge to try Guantanamo suspects in civilian courts.
Officials will now be concidering how to proceed, but it could mean the controversial prison remains open for some time to come, our correspondent adds.
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The attacks on US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya killed 224 people and were one of al-Qaeda's first international shows of strength.
Four accused co-conspirators were convicted over the bombings in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison, but the Ghailani case concludes the first test of the Obama administration's decision to try some Guantanamo inmates in civilian courts rather than in military tribunals.
Analysis

Iain Mackenzie BBC News, Washington
The failure to convict Ahmed Ghailani on more of the charges will be viewed by some as proof that civilian courts are the wrong place to hold the Guantanamo trials.
Specifically there will be worries that the court threw out some evidence gained during enhanced interrogation at CIA "black sites".
Others will see that as a strength of the justice system.
The Obama administration is under pressure either way - either it renages on its promise to close Guantanamo or risks the perception that suspected terrorists are being treated leniently.
Officials will now be considering how to proceed - but it could mean the controversial prison remains open for some time to come.

According to the indictment, Ghailani helped buy the Nissan lorry, oxygen and acetylene tanks used to destroy the US embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and helped load boxes of explosives into the bank of the lorry ahead of the bombing.
US investigators said Ghailani flew to Pakistan the night before the simultaneous bombings.
He was charged in the US in March 2001 but remained at large in Afghanistan and the Waziristan area of Pakistan, the US says. He was captured in July 2004 and transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2006.
Last year, the US stayed proceedings in a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay and transferred him to New York for the civilian trial.
Defence lawyers, meanwhile, argued Ghailani was only an errand boy who had been duped by al-Qaeda operatives, framed by contaminated evidence and knew nothing of the bomb plot.
After the verdict was announced on Wednesday night and the jury left the courtroom, the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner rubbed his face, smiled and hugged his lawyers. He will be sentenced on 25 January.
US Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement: "We respect the jury's verdict and are pleased that Ahmed Ghailani now faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a potential life sentence for his role in the embassy bombings."
During the trial, prosecutors suffered an early setback when federal Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York barred a key government witness from testifying, saying he had been named by Ghailani while the latter was "under duress".
Mr Ghailani was detained in Pakistan in 2004, taken to a secret CIA facility and then to Guantanamo Bay in 2006.
He was subject to what the government refers to as "enhanced interrogation" by the CIA. His lawyers say he was tortured.
Despite losing its key witness, the government was given broad latitude to reference al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden throughout the trial.
Defence lawyer Peter Quijano welcomed the acquittals. He said the one conviction would be appealed, adding: "We still truly believe he is innocent of all these charges."
Among those the US has said it hopes to try in a civilian court is alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani

  • 1998: 224 die in US embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya
  • 2001: Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani included on FBI's new "Most Wanted Terrorists" list
  • 2004: Captured in Pakistan, and held at secret CIA facility
  • 2006: Moved to Guantanamo detention camp as "enemy combatant"
  • 2008: Charged before military commission over embassy bombings
  • 2009: Transferred to New York to face civilian charges
  • 2010: Acquitted of all but one (conspiracy) of 286 charges
 

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Amespend 7 years tayari akisubiria kesi yake halafu hapo bado kuna mvua nyingine ya miaka 20 inamsubiria, duh!! balaa by the time anamaliza kifungo he will be in his early 50's
 

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JAIL is where he belongs,for an east african huyu ni cancer kwa society,anadai yeye ni innocent sasa huko taliban country alienda kufanya nini?au kuuza unga?They should put him behind bars for many years and then not give him the option of remaining in the states-only then back on home soil,catching up on life will give him food for thought.
 

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aende jela huyo baradhuli aliua ndg. zetu pale DAR in the name of his god not our GOD. hastahili hata kuhurumiwa huyo acha akaozee jela.
 

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JAIL is where he belongs,for an east african huyu ni cancer kwa society,anadai yeye ni innocent sasa huko taliban country alienda kufanya nini?au kuuza unga?They should put him behind bars for many years and then not give him the option of remaining in the states-only then back on home soil,catching up on life will give him food for thought.
Duh yaani kosa la huyu jamaa ni kwenda taliban country??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kwa hiyo na hao wamarekani walioko huko wote wafungwe??????????????
 

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