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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Federal judge sentenced ex-Guantanamo detainee to life imprisonment
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On January 25, 2010, a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York sentenced Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, to life in prison for his role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Judge Lewis Kaplan had previously issued a ruling [PDF] denying a request to overturn Ghailani's conviction on the basis that it was inconsistent with his acquittal on 284 other charges. JURIST Guest Columnists Lawrence Friedman and Victor Hansen praised the conviction and subsequent sentence as a victory for the criminal justice system.

Read comprehensive coverage of the legal controversies surrounding Guantanamo Bay in Features.

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