Gitmo Detainee Acquitted of 284 Charges

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The first Guantanamo Bay detainee to face a civilian trial has been acquitted of most of the charges that were against him.

A New York jury found Ahmed Ghailani not guilty on 284 out of 285 charges. Ghailani was accused in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998, in which 224 people were killed.

Ghailani faces a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

This was seen as a test case for U.S. civilian trials for terrorist suspects who were captured overseas and some are saying it failed the test.

The Obama administration must notify Congress before any transfer, and Republicans have said they will block such efforts.

"They couldn't come close to getting that done when the Democrats were in charge," said Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican who is expected to be the next chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. "There's no way they're going to get it now that Republicans are in charge."

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