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Yemeni sentenced to life in prison, Pentagon says

Text by REUTERS

Latest update : 2008-11-04

A Yemeni national was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of serving as an al Qaeda propagandist by a panel of military officers in the second "war on terror" trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon said.


MIAMI - A U.S. military tribunal found Osama bin Laden's media secretary guilty of conspiring with al Qaeda, soliciting murder and providing material support for terrorism in a verdict announced on Monday at Guantanamo.

Yemeni prisoner Ali Hamza al Bahlul is the second man to be convicted by a jury in the war crimes court at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He faces life in prison.

The jury of nine U.S. military officers deliberated about four hours before reaching their verdict on Friday after a weeklong trial.

FBI interrogators testified that Bahlul scripted the videotaped wills of two Sept. 11 hijackers and made a two-hour al Qaeda campaign commercial designed to recruit suicide bombers.

The government's evidence in the special tribunal went unchallenged. Bahlul was not allowed to act as his own attorney and tried to fire the U.S. military lawyer he considers an enemy. The lawyer followed Bahlul's request not to put on any defense.

Date created : 2008-11-03

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