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A More Personal View of a Detainee’s Trial

Nov 8th, 2010 Ghailani

The New York Times reports in an article entitled "A More Personal View of a Detainee's Trial," that the trial of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani has attracted more than just the nation's interest but also the interest of those who maintain a personal connection to the case.

Many of those attending the proceedings are family members of those killed in the 1998 bombings of the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. One spectator made it clear that she would not have missed this trial. The Times reports:

“I felt that it was an obligation to come,” said Sue Bartley, 63, who has traveled from the Washington suburbs each week to attend the trial since it began last month. Ms. Bartley lost two family members in the Nairobi bombing: her husband, Julian L. Bartley Sr., who was the consul general; and her son, Julian L. Bartley Jr., who was a college student working as an intern at the embassy.“That was half of my family,” Ms. Bartley testified in 2001 in the first trial stemming from the attacks, in which four Qaeda operatives were convicted in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

The Times reports that many families, represented by the firm Crowell & Moring, have sought to receive compensation in the same vein as that provided to the victims of the September 11 attacks. Attempts thus far have remained unsuccessful. A bill is currently pending in the House that would provide a total of about $11 million for the families. The hope is that such compensation would be part of a final bill.

For the full text of yesterday's article, click here


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