A court in the U.S. has sentenced Ahmed Khatallah, the organiser of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya, to 22 years in prison on terrorism and other charges, the Justice Department said.
According to a statement by the department, government evidence showed Khatallah led an extremist militia
named “Ubaydah bin Jarrah”, which he directed to carry out the violence in Benghazi.
Khatallah, a Libyan, was convicted by a U.S. jury in November on four of the 18 counts he faced.
He was acquitted on murder and other charges. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans
died in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.
The U.S. government said Khatallah sought to incite violence in the months before the attack against the presence of the United States in Libya.
The department said he and other members of his group in September stockpiled truckloads of weaponry to mobilise for the attack.
Khatallah was the first person to be tried in connection with the attack in Benghazi.
He was first questioned by U.S. intelligence officials and later by the FBI.
Khatallah waived his right to speak first with an attorney, and prosecutors used his statements in the trial.
He was convicted on one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, one count of providing
material support to terrorists, one count of maliciously destroying property and one count of using and carrying a semiautomatic weapon during a violent crime, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. (Reuters/NAN)
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