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Osama Bin Laden Evidence Readied At Detainee Trial

Sep 29th, 2010 Ghailani

An article entitled "Osama Bin Laden Evidence Readied At Detainee Trial," published today (09/29/2010) by NPR offers a glimpse into prosecutor's plans to use statements made by bin Laden in their prosecution of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani.

The government plans to use bin Laden's words, including those in a television interview in which he says U.S. civilians are the targets of his holy war against the West. The article notes that prosecutors wrote in court papers last week: "To establish that the defendant intended to kill Americans in particular, it is relevant that the leader of the conspiracy was emphatically and repeatedly directing his followers to, in fact, kill Americans."

Interestingly, what may be the prosecution's most important witness against Ghailani may not be able to be called, as he was discovered as a result of the interrogation of Ghailani. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan is expected to rule on whether the prosecution may call that witness in the future, not necessarily before opening statements. 

For the article's full text, including Ghailani's alleged knowledge and acts regarding the attacks in East Africa in 1998, click here

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