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.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
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.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Mandate For New York City Teachers To Take Effect After Federal Appeals Court Lifts Temporary Ban
The attacks in Tanzania and Kenya killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.
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