Tuesday, 20 April 2010

What will be the fate of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani?

Facts about Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani: 1970 or 1974 born in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

1990-1994 Joined al-Qaeda and trained in bomb making.

1998 August, took part in the bombing of Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam embassies. In Narobi, 212 people were killed, and an estimated 4,000 wounded. In Dar Es Salaam, at least 11 were killed, and 85 wounded.

2000 November; In the Liberian capital, Monrovia, he ran a lucrative al-Qaeda financing operation, trading illegal "blood diamonds" for cash along with Fazul Abdullah Mohammed 2001 June; reports reached al-Qaeda that Ghailani and Fazul Abdullah Mohammed were lavishing money on women, in the form of presents and alcohol.

2001 October, Placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list.

2004 July, After an eight hour battle in Gujrat, he was captured along with 13 others by the in Pakinstan military and turned over to the US.

2006 September, Transferred along with 14 other detainees from secret prison to Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.

2007 March, in an military hearing, Ghailani, admitted delivering explosives used to blow up the US embassy in Tanzania in 1998. In the Tanzania bombing 11 were killed, and 86 injuried.

2009 June, On the direction of the Obama Administration (U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder), he was transferred to New York City to stand trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

2010 February, US District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ordered the Prosecution to review the record of Ghailani's detention in CIA's network of black sites And any materials that show the decisions “were for a purpose other than national security,” must be turned over to Ghailani's lawyers. Reports that Kaplan is considering dismissing the charges on the grounds that due to Ghailani's long extrajudicial detention he was denied the constitutional right to a speedy trial.

2010 March, Ghaiani’s lawyers has petition the judge that Ghailani be immediately released and granted a permanent resident card.

We should soon know the fate of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, I wonder if he is released and granted permanent resident status if he will be allowed to bring his wife and family to the US also?

Source: Victoria advocate

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