Judge permits trial of Guantanamo detainee in US

The first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be prosecuted in a civilian court was cleared for trial Tuesday by a judge who said a two-year interrogation and five-year detention were not grounds for dismissal because they served compelling national security interests. Ahmed Khalfan Thalami was interrogated by the CIA for important intelligence information, U.S. District Judge Lewis A.

Kaplan wrote in a decision that rejected defense requests to toss out the indictment on the grounds that Ghailani was denied a speedy trial. "No one denies that the agency's purpose was to protect the United States from attack," Kaplan wrote.

Ghailani is charged in the August 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa that resulted in the deaths of 224 people, including 12 Americans.

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