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US judge delays terror trial a week after co-defendant dies

January 6, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The trial of a man extradited from Great Britain to face trial in New York in the 1998 deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa has been delayed a week because of the death of a co-defendant.

Manhattan federal Judge Lewis Kaplan on Tuesday delayed the trial of Khaled al-Fawwaz until Jan. 20 after lawyers on both sides asked for a delay. The requests were made after al-Fawwaz’s co-defendant, Abu Anas al-Libi, died Friday in a New York hospital after a long illness.

Al-Fawwaz, who has pleaded not guilty, was brought to the United States in 2012. The bombings at embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. New York juries have convicted five others in the embassy attacks. A sixth man has pleaded guilty.