The first Guantanamo Bay detainee has landed on US soil, landing in New York to face trial on charges of bombing US embassies, the Justice Department said today. Ahmed Ghailani arrived in the early morning, to be held in law enforcement custody until his trial in federal court in lower Manhattan; his first court appearance is expected later today.
Ghailani's trial will be an important test case for the Obama administration's plan to close Guantanamo in seven months and bring some suspects to trial. Ghailani was indicted in 1998 for the al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, attacks which killed more than 224 people, including 12 Americans. He was categorized as a high-value detainee after he was captured in Pakistan in 2004 and was transferred to Guantanamo two years later.