Terror Trial

Life Sentence for Embassy Bomber

Score one for the civilian court system. Despite a bumpy trial and acquittals on more than 280 charges, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani will serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his role in the 1998 bombings on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 and wounded thousands. The trial is seen as a major test of the U.S. civilian court system’s ability to try terrorism suspects. After the bombings, Ghailani served as a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden before his arrest in Pakistan in 2004.