NEW YORK, JANUARY 23 (Sputnik) – Prosecutors made opening arguments in the Manhattan federal court trial of a Saudi man over the twin 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa, saying he was a prominent figure in the al-Qaeda terror franchise.
Khalid al-Fawwaz faces five terrorism charges, including conspiring to kill Americans, for his role as a supporter and mouthpiece for al-Qaeda and for laying the groundwork for the group's embassy bombings in East Africa.
Al-Fawwaz was arrested in 1998 in London and brought to the US in 2012 after losing a lengthy extradition battle. He originally had two co-defendants, Abu Anas al-Liby of Libya and Abdul Adel Bary of Egypt. He denies the charges.