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Convicted Embassy Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison

BY Admin  June 12, 2001 at 3:25 PM EST

Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali, 24, of Saudi Arabia could have faced the death penalty for his role in the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. However, after five days of deliberations, the jury could not reach a unanimous agreement required for a death sentence.

The blast killed 213 people, including 12 Americans.

Alleged co-conspirators Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, 27, of Tanzania; Wadih El-Hage, 40, of Arlington, Texas; and Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, 36, of Jordan, were also convicted of all charges against them.

In all, the four faced 302 counts, including murder and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

The same jury that delivered today’s verdict will consider Mohamed’s fate after a break of several days. He was convicted of planning and executing the bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania that killed 11 people.

Like Al-Owhali, Mohamed could also face the death penalty under a 1996 federal law that allows prosecutors to seek capital punishment in terrorist murder cases. That same law led to yesterday’s execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Odeh and El-Hage face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutors claimed the four are connected to an international terrorist organization headed by exiled Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden. The U.S. is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to bin Laden’s arrest.

Although the bombings occurred overseas, the U.S. has jurisdiction in the case because American property was targeted.