Launching the long-awaited trial of the first Guantanamo detainee to be moved into the civilian justice system, a prosecutor and defense lawyer on Tuesday gave the jury radically different views of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani's role in the al-Qaida cell that bombed two U.S. embassies in 1998. The prosecutor called Ghailani "a vital member" of the cell, while the defense lawyer insisted he was nothing more than an innocent dupe, urging the jury to keep an open mind and not be seduced by references to Osama bin Laden.
Opening Statements Offer 2 Views of Terror Suspect: Key Bombing Participant or Dupe
New York Law Journal
October 13, 2010