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Ex-Gitmo detainee to seek Supreme Court appeal

October 24, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee says he will appeal to the Supreme Court over a ruling that upholds his client's conviction in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa.

Ahmed Ghailani (guh-LAHN'-ee) was sentenced to life in prison after his 2010 conviction. Attorney Peter Quijano (Kee-HAH-no) says a federal appeals court in Manhattan was wrong Thursday when it upheld the conviction. Quijano says the Constitution was violated when a trial for his client was delayed more than five years while Ghailani was tortured to extract information.

The 39-year-old Ghailani served for a time as Osama bin Laden's cook and bodyguard. Exactly what happened to him in U.S. custody overseas remains classified.

The 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.



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