Egyptian man gets 25 years in US prison in embassy bombing case

February 6, 2015 18:35

An Egyptian man was sentenced in New York on Friday to 25 years in US prison in connection with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.

Adel Abdul Bary, 54, pleaded guilty in September to three counts, including conspiring to murder US citizens abroad, as part of a deal that limited his maximum sentence to 25 years.

US District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who in September briefly considered rejecting the agreement as too lenient, said Bary could be released in approximately eight years after receiving credit for more than 15 years already spent in UK and US custody.

"You, unlike victims of the embassy bombings, can look forward to rejoining your family and living out your life in freedom," Kaplan said.

Prosecutors said at the time of the plea that Bary, who had initially faced 224 counts of murder and scores of other charges, was not as culpable for the bombings as other members of the al-Qaida conspiracy.

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