- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements began Tuesday in the first civilian trial for a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

A Manhattan jury began hearing from federal prosecutors in the case against Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who is charged in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. The attacks killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

Mr. Ghailani has been accused of helping build bombs. He has pleaded not guilty and denied knowing that the explosives he delivered would be used in the attacks.

Prosecutors decided to proceed without their top witness. A judge ruled last week that the man’s testimony that he sold explosives to Mr. Ghailani must be excluded. The government learned about him at a secret overseas CIA camp where harsh interrogations occurred.