Osama Bin Laden's ex-bodyguard loses bid to go free

New York - A Federal judge struck down a freedom bid Tuesday from a terror suspect who was Osama bin Laden's bodyguard and charged with two United States Embassy bombings in Africa.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani had argued that he should be released because his right to a speedy trial was violated when he was held for two years at CIA black sites and for another 33 months at Guantanamo Bay.

But in a 46-page ruling released Tuesday, Judge Lewis Kaplan must go to trial in the fall.

"The decisions that caused the delay were not made for the purpose of gaining any advantage over Ghailani in the prosecution of this indictment," Kaplan wrote. "Two years of the delay served compelling interests of national security."

Kaplan concluded that "the government is entitled to attempt to hold Ghailani accountable in a court of law for his alleged complicity in the murder of 224 people and the injury of more than 1,000 others."

It's the third setback in two months for the accused terrorist, who in May tried unsuccessfully to get the case tossed because he was tortured and then failed to get the judge to stop the strip-searches mandated before his court appearances.

Ghailani was captured in 2004 and charged with helping in the Aug. 7, 1998, truck bombings that destroyed U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Daily News


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