The first Guantanamo detainee to go on trial in the United States is appearing in court in New York. Al Qaeda suspect Ahmed Ghailani has been held at the US naval base in Cuba since September 2006. The Tanzanian national faces charges in connection with the 1998 American embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. Eleven people were killed and at least 85 were injured in the Tanzanian bombing and 213 people were killed in Kenya.
Ghailani is accused of conspiring with Osama bin Laden and other members of al Qaeda to kill Americans anywhere in the world and faces separate charges of murder for each of the 224 people who died in the attacks. The decision to bring Ghailani to trial in New York stemmed from a review of the 240 terror suspects held at Guantanamo. President Obama has ordered the closure of the prison by the end of January next year.