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Jury Deliberates At Gitmo Detainee’s NY Trial

Courtroom sketch of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani (credit: CBS 2)

Courtroom sketch of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (AP) – A New York City jury has begun deliberations in the first civilian trial for a Guantanamo detainee.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan allege that Ahmed Ghailani was part of an al-Qaida cell that bombed two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.

In closing arguments, the government called Ghailani a cold-blooded killer and terrorist. It said he bought a truck and explosive components for the bombers before slipping away to Pakistan.

The defense argued that Ghailani didn’t know about the plot. His lawyer called him a “dupe” and a ‘fall guy” for senior terror operatives.

The attacks in Tanzania and Kenya killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

Deliberations began Wednesday afternoon.

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