Ahmed Ghailani's acquittal on 284 of 285 counts revives criticism of the Obama administration's policy to try terror cases in civilian courts. White House hails the single conviction as a victory.
Guantánamo detainee Ahmed Ghailani was convicted on only one of 284 counts in what was seen as a test case for trying terror suspects – potentially including accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – in civilian courts.
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani will stand trial in September for the 1998 truck bombing of the American Embassy in Tanzania despite Mr. Ghailani lawyers' objections that the US violated his speedy-trial rights. Ghailani has been detained by the US for at least five years.
His bid to close the prison camp in jeopardy, he laid out five options Thursday for resolving the detainees' status.