(NEW YORK) – The first Guantanamo Bay detainee brought to the United States for a civilian trial has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of one of the more than 200 counts against him.
Ahmed Ghailani was sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court Tuesday for his role in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
"Ahmed Ghailani is a remorseless terrorist, mass murderer, and Al Qaeda operative, and now he will spend the rest of his life in prison,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a statement. “Finally, 12 and a half years after those devastating and despicable attacks, Ahmed Ghailani will pay for his crimes.”
Public interest groups, who have supported civilian trials for the detainees, have expressed their support for the trial and sentence.
"The Ghailani trial, like hundreds of others before it, should put to rest any unfounded fears that our federal justice system cannot conduct fair, safe and effective trials in terrorism cases, including when torture is an issue,” the ACLU said in a statement.
Such groups have urged President Obama to use Department of Justice funds to bring the detainees to the U.S. for trial despite a recently passed law that would ban the use of DOD funds for the transfers.
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