- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 21, 2009

The administration announced Thursday that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is the first Guantanamo detainee whose case will be moved to U.S. civilian courts.

Mr. Ghailani has been under federal criminal indictment since 2001 on charges he participated in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

According to the indictment, Mr. Ghailani helped buy a Nissan truck used in the bombing and took part in loading the truck with explosives before the attack.

Mr. Ghailani, who is also charged being a member of al Qaeda’s conspiracy to kill U.S. civilians throughout the world, was captured in 2004 in Pakistan and has been at Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba since 2006. He was to have been tried by a military commission before President Obama suspended them in one of the first acts of his presidency.

It is unclear when he will arrive in the U.S. and appear in federal court.

“By prosecuting Ahmed Ghailani in federal court, we will ensure that he finally answers for his alleged role in the bombing of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said. “This administration is committed to keeping the American people safe and upholding the rule of law, and by closing Guantanamo and bringing terrorists housed there to justice we will make our nation stronger and safer.”

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