First Guantanamo Detainee Enters US for Trial

WASHINGTON (RPRN) 6/9/2009–U.S. authorities have moved a Guantanamo Bay terror suspect to the United States for the first time to face trial. The Justice Department says alleged al-Qaida conspirator Ahmed Ghailani arrived in New York Tuesday for prosecution in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa that killed 224 people.

The Tanzanian national faces 286 charges, including conspiring with Osama bin Laden and other members of al-Qaida to kill Americans, as well as separate charges of murder for each death from the bombings.

Twelve Americans were among those killed in the August 7, 1998, attacks in Kenya and Tanzania.

Ghailani will be the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to go on trial in a civilian U.S. court. His trial is expected to be an important test case for U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to close the detention center by January 2010 and bring some of its suspects to trial.

Ghailani is expected to make his first court appearance in New York Tuesday.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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