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Jury selection starts for defendant in ’98 embassy bombings

January 20, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection starts Tuesday for a defendant in a trial stemming from the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

Khaled al-Fawwaz will be tried alone after one co-defendant pleaded guilty last year to reduced charges and another co-defendant died this month.

The attacks in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

Al-Fawwaz has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

He was extradited from Great Britain to New York in 2012 with alleged al-Qaida operative Adel Abdul Bary. Abdul Bary pleaded guilty in September to charges carrying a maximum of 25 years in prison. He awaits sentencing.

A third defendant, Abu Anas al-Libi, snatched off the streets of Libya in 2013, died earlier this month after an illness.

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