U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced Ahmed Ghailani to life, calling the attacks “horrific.” He also ordered Ghailani to pay $33 million in restitution.
The same outcome was expected for Ahmed Ghailani as if he were convicted on all counts — life imprisonment at his sentencing Tuesday.
Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan repeatedly told a lawyer for Ahmed Ghailani that he didn’t understand his arguments at a hearing Thursday.
Prosecutors in New York say the first Guantanamo detainee to be convicted in a civilian court is evil and deserves a life sentence for helping al-Qaida bomb two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 and open the door to more terrorism.
The former Guantanamo detainee found guilty of conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa has asked a judge to toss the conviction.
The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial has been acquitted in New York City of all but one charge accusing him of a deadly 1998 plot to bomb two U.S. embassies in Africa.
Deliberations at the first civilian trial of a Guantanamo detainee hit a snag Monday when a juror told the judge she felt threatened by other jurors and asked him to be removed from the panel.
Deliberations continued on Thursday in the case of an accused al-Qaida operative connected to the embassy bombing.
A detonator was found hidden in the bedroom cabinet of a purported accomplice in the 1998 terrorist bombings of two U.S. embassies, a former FBI agent testified Monday in Manhattan.