14 Facts About Ahmed Ghailani


Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is a Tanzanian conspirator of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization convicted for his role in the bombing of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Ahmed Ghailani was indicted in the United States as a participant in the 1998 US embassy bombings.

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Ahmed Ghailani was on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list from its inception in October 2001.

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Ahmed Ghailani was transported from Guantanamo Bay to New York City to await trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in June 2009.

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Ahmed Ghailani, who had said he was never involved and did not intend to kill anyone, had been portrayed as cooperating with investigators - yielding information wanted by investigators- and as remorseful by his defense counsel, but that argument of relative non-involvement or remorse was not accepted.

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Ahmed Ghailani was born around 1974 in Zanzibar, Tanzania and is a Tanzanian citizen.

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Ahmed Ghailani speaks Swahili and had served as a tabligh, a Muslim traveling preacher.

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Ahmed Ghailani was in Nairobi, Kenya by August 6,1998, where he is thought to have rented a room at the Hilltop Hotel used for meetings by the bombers and flew to Karachi on a Kenya Airways flight before the bombs exploded.

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On May 26,2004, United States Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller announced that reports indicated that Ahmed Ghailani was one of seven al-Qaeda members who were planning a terrorist action for the summer or fall of 2004.

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Ahmed Ghailani's arrest was made by the Intelligence Bureau Pakistan in a raid with police commandos.

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In June 2009, Ahmed Ghailani was transferred to New York to face trial in a federal court.

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Ahmed Ghailani learned that being transferred from military to civilian jurisdiction meant that he could no longer be assisted by Colonel Jeffrey Colwell and Major Richard Reiter.

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Steve Zissou, one of Ahmed Ghailani's lawyers, commented that the government's decision not to appeal was "a significant victory for the Constitution".

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On November 17,2010, Ahmed Ghailani was convicted of conspiracy, but acquitted of all the other charges.

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