Guantanamo detainee goes on trial in NY court

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 13, 2010 02:51

NEW YORK — A man accused of helping to build a truck bomb used in a 1998 terror attack on a US embassy was a member of an Al-Qaida cell that was determined to kill Americans, a federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the Tanzanian man was duped.

Assistant US Attorney Nicholas Lewin said in his opening statement Tuesday that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani — the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to face a civilian trial — bought the truck and gas tanks that were used in the bombing in Tanzania, one of two simultaneous embassy bombings in Africa that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

"This man, Ahmed Ghailani, was a vital member of that cell," Lewin said as he pointed at Ghailani, who stared straight ahead in the Manhattan courtroom.


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