Ahmed Ghailani is the first detainee from the concentration camp of Guantanamo Bay to be tried in a US civilian court. He was been found guilty on just ONE out of 285 terror charges over the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa.
According to CBS News, the anonymous federal jury deliberated over seven days, with a juror writing a note to the judge saying she felt threatened by other jurors.
Ahmed Ghailani still faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a potential life sentence for his role in the embassy bombings.
The verdict can fairly be characterized as a surprise and a disappointment for the government, which barely secured a conviction, as the trial had been viewed as a possible test case for President Obama administration’s aim of putting other terror detainees on trial in U.S. courts.
Ghailani’s prosecution also demonstrated some of the “constitutional challenges” the government would face if that happens. On the eve of his trial last month, the judge barred the government from calling a key witness because the witness had been identified while Ghailani was being held at a secret CIA camp where “harsh interrogation techniques” (torture) were used.
American prosecutors still don’t seem to get the concept of justice, but are still fixated upon vengeance, as the clip above shows.
The Akh wonders how the trial of self-professed September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed still in Guantanamo Bay would play out now?
Can any of the people held in Guantanamo Bay ever get a fair trial?
Is it acceptable for them to be locked up and tortured for almost 10 years with no charges or any semblance of a trial?
Wasn’t one of Obama’s election pledges to close down Guantanamo Bay?
Seems we all have more questions than there are answers.