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Jail term plea for bin Laden aide

Published 14/05/2015 | 18:51

A top aide to Osama bin Laden is to be sentenced in the US
A top aide to Osama bin Laden is to be sentenced in the US

A former top aide to Osama bin Laden should get less than life in prison for his conviction over the deadly 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa, his defence lawyers said.

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Prosecutors say he deserves life in prison.

Khaled al-Fawwaz faces sentencing in a New York court tomorrow.

The attacks in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people including a dozen Americans.

Al-Fawwaz's defence lawyers wrote in a pre-sentence submission that their client deserves less than life in prison because he was less to blame than other defendants who have been sentenced to less than life in prison.

Prosecutors say al-Fawwaz was an al Qaida leader who helped bin Laden make sure his 1996 declaration of war against the United States reached the world.

He was extradited from Britain in 2012.

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