Ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate cleared of 285 charges

A US court has found Ahmed Ghailani not guilty on all but one of 286 charges in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies, ending the first civilian trial of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate.

Ghailani, a baby-faced Tanzanian aged 36, was found not guilty on a slew of charges including conspiracy to plot with al-Qaeda to kill US citizens in the attacks against the Tanzania and Kenya embassies, in which 224 people died.

The jury, deliberating on the fifth day after a four-week trial, found him guilty only of conspiracy to destroy US property.

As part of that charge, the jury had also to consider whether the defendant’s conduct caused death to persons other than a co-conspirator.

Sentencing was set for January 25.

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