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Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Avoids Supermax Prison


Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first ex-Guantanamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court for his role in the deadly 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa, is shown in undated photo from US District Attorney's Office (file photo)

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first ex-Guantanamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court for his role in the deadly 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa, is shown in undated photo from US District Attorney's Office (file photo)

The first ex-Guantanamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court has avoided solitary confinement in the so-called Supermax prison, where the nation’s most notorious terrorists often are assigned.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani has been assigned to the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado. It is in the same complex as the Supermax, where inmates are held in solitary confinement, but the federal penitentiary keeps most prisoners in its general population.

In January, Ghailani was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the August 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa.

Ghailani's lawyer, Peter Quijano, said he is pleased his client was not assigned to the Supermax and hopes he will be placed in the general population. The U.S. attorney's office has had no comment.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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