The defendant, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, 36, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to destroy government buildings and property. He was acquitted of six counts of conspiracy, including conspiring to kill Americans and use weapons of mass destruction.
When the judge’s clerk asked how the jury found on counts 11 to 223, which were all counts of murder, the jury foreman replied, “Not guilty.”
Mr. Ghailani faces a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.
The 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings occurred on August 7, 1998. Hundreds of people were killed (and thousands injured) in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States embassies in the major East African cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya.
He played a key role in the killing of 280 people. Attempting to minimize his role is disengenous.
Murders should be set free because they were tortured by the government? He killed 280 people
But he lived. The 280 people he killed got no trial and did not get the benefit of their constitutional rights. He did. Evidence was excluded at trial.
Joe, torture has never been a part of the American legal system. The evidence obtained by torture was excluded from the case. The judge ruled the evidence
The continuing posing and posturing on this issue in some small sectors of the American left, led by that fool Glenn Greenwald, will be the undoing of us all.
In the hours since those astonishing 15 minutes, the verdict has set off a political maelstrom—a "tragedy" and a "disaster," it's been called. Never mind that Ghailani's one-count conviction still carries a 20 years-to-life sentence. The truth is, the reluctance to try detainees in federal court was never about justice. It was about the fear of justice.
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