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US Court Sentences Bin Laden Aide to Life in Prison

FILE - Khalid al-Fawwaz is seen with fellow terror suspect Adel Abdul Bary, seated, in this sketch made during an appearance in Manhattan Federal Court in New York, Oct. 6, 2012.

A New York court on Friday sentenced a former aide to Osama bin Laden to life in prison for his role in al-Qaida’s plan to kill Americans.

Khalid al-Fawwaz, 52, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, was convicted earlier this year of conspiring to kill Americans.

U.S. prosecutors accused Fawwaz of playing multiple roles in al-Qaida through the 1990s, including as London-based media adviser to bin Laden during the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Prosecutors also said Fawwaz trained at and eventually led an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan.

He was arrested in Britain in 1998 and was extradited to the United States in 2012.

“Fawwaz conspired with a murderous regime, and the result was a horrific toll of terror and death,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Friday.