Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Three accused in 1998 US Embassy bombings to face joint trial

14 December 2013, 09:53

New York - A federal judge on Thursday set a trial date for three militants, including an alleged senior al Qaeda figure, charged in the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan set a date of November 3, 2014 and ordered the three defendants to stand trial together rather than separating the cases.

The defendants are Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, a Libyan seized by U.S. forces on October 5; Egyptian Adel Bary; and Saudi Khalid al-Fawwaz, former London spokesman for Osama bin Laden.

All three have pleaded not guilty to involvement in the 1998 bombings, which killed 224 people.

They sat in the jury box during Thursday's hearing with earphones connected to an interpreter's microphone, wearing identical blue prison jumpsuits, white Muslim prayer caps and chains around their hands.

Defense lawyers asked Kaplan to consider pushing the trial into 2015. Bernard Kleinman, who represents Liby, said his preparation would be slowed by the fact that his client speaks little English, requiring an interpreter for meetings and a translator for documents that need to be reviewed by Liby.

Kaplan said he would be willing to reconsider the trial date next year if it proves too ambitious.

Bobbi Sternheim, a lawyer for Fawwaz, also asked Kaplan to separate Liby's trial from that of her client and Bary, both of whom have been in custody in the United Kingdom or the United States for more than a decade.

Sternheim said the government planned to introduce evidence against Liby after September 11, 2001, that might convince jurors to hold Fawwaz and Bary partly responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

"The world is very different post-9/11," she said, adding that jurors can see the World Trade Center site from the window in Kaplan's courtroom.

Kaplan said he would consider seating two separate juries, one for Liby and one for Fawwaz and Bary, and excuse the latter from the courtroom when certain evidence was presented to avoid any prejudice, an unusual but not unheard of arrangement. But he said it's too early to determine whether that would be appropriate.

U.S. officials allege Liby is a senior al Qaeda member who served as a liaison between militant groups in North Africa and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian doctor who now leads the remnants of al Qaeda's core operation based in Pakistan.

Liby was initially kept aboard a Navy ship for interrogation before being brought to the United States to face charges when his health began deteriorating.

The case is U.S. v. Hage et al., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 98-cr-1023.

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Kalonzo says he will defeat UhuRu...

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has expressed confidence that he will send the Jubilee government home in the upcoming Presidential election. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Why Caffeine Is Used for Weight L...

The following are the reasons why caffeine is used for weight loss. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
What guys want in relationships

Here are the top four things guys need in a relationship. Read more...

Submitted by
EACC recovers KES3.5 million stol...

EACC has recovered KES 3.5 million stolen from Mukurwe-ini Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by former committee members managing the kitty. Read more...

Submitted by
Governor snubs Mashujaa Day celeb...

The Governor was last seen in public during his impeachment debate at Senate, which he survived, and later went India for medical checkups. Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
President recognises Kenya’s new ...

From young innovators, to doctors and local athletes who have represented Kenya in various events, here are the young heroes recognised by the President in this year's Mashujaa Day celebrations. Read more...