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US jury convicts Saudi over 1998 embassy attacks

27 February 2015, 10:36

New York - A US jury on Thursday convicted Saudi exile Khalid al-Fawwaz on four counts of conspiracy over the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania which killed 224 people.

The 12-person jury returned the verdict after two days of deliberations following a five-week trial in New York.

Manhattan attorney Preet Bharara welcomed the verdict, saying that for nearly a decade, Fawwaz had played "a critical role for Al-Qaeda in its murderous conspiracy against America.

"Fawwaz was one of Osama bin Laden's original and most trusted lieutenants, serving first as the leader of an Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, then as a leader of Al-Qaeda's terrorist cell in Kenya, and finally as bin Laden's media adviser in London," he said.

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