Man Convicted on Terrorism charges Asks for Leniency

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be convicted on a terrorism charge in a U.S. civilian court has asked for leniency, making harsh treatment at an overseas CIA camp a focus of sentencing. Prosecutors want him incarcerated for life.

The treatment of Ahmed Ghailani (guh-LAHN'-ee) wasn't mentioned
at his trial last year, when he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to destroy U.S. property and acquitted of 280 other
charges.

The conspiracy charge stemmed from the August 1998 bombings of
two U.S. embassies in Africa. The bombings killed 224 people,
including 12 Americans.

Prosecutors say in papers filed Friday defense lawyers want leniency on the grounds Ghailani was mistreated while in CIA and Department of Defense custody.

Ghailani was transferred to Manhattan for trial in 2009.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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