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Bin Laden top aide to be sentenced in 1998 embassy bombing case

15 May 2015, 11:34

New York — A former top aide to Osama bin Laden faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced after his conviction in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa.

Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan is set to sentence Khaled al-Fawwaz early Friday.

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

Al-Fawwaz's defense lawyers have asked that he be sentenced to less than life in prison, saying he was less culpable than others.

But 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. They say he also led a terrorist training camp and a terror cell.

The Saudi Arabia-born al-Fawwaz was extradited from Great Britain in 2012.

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