Kaplan Says Speedy-Trial Rights Not Violated in Bombing Case

, New York Law Journal

Southern District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled yesterday that accused terrorist Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani could not escape criminal charges for the al Qaida conspiracy that included the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa by invoking the Sixth Amendment. While Judge Kaplan acknowledged that enemy combatants like Mr. Ghailani have rights under the Sixth Amendment, he concluded that the delay in bringing Mr. Ghailani to trial, after he spent two years in CIA custody and three more at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, was constitutional.

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