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NY court upholds ex-Guantanamo detainee conviction

October 24, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of an ex-Guantanamo detainee in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling Thursday said Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was properly convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the attack.

His defense lawyers had argued that his rights to a speedy trial were violated because he was held abroad for several years by the CIA. The appeals court said his rights were not violated. It ruled in a case that tested the limits of the government's efforts to obtain time-sensitive intelligence while still prosecuting defendants in court for crimes of terrorism.

A lawyer for Ghailani did not immediately return a message for comment.

 
 

 

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