Second Embassy Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison
Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, 27, was convicted May 29 of planning and executing the attack on the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Eleven people were killed and 85 were injured in the blast.
Today’s decision came after two days of deliberations.
The same jury gave a life sentence to Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali, 24, of Saudi Arabia last month for his role in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya — a blast that killed 213 people, including 12 Americans. Like Mohamed, Al-Owhali could have faced the death penalty.
Both men faced the death penalty under a 1996 federal law that allows prosecutors to seek capital punishment in terrorist murder cases. That same law led to last month’s execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Although the bombings occurred overseas, the U.S. has jurisdiction in the case because American property was targeted.
Alleged co-conspirators Wadih El-Hage, 40, of Arlington, Texas; and Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, 36, of Jordan, were also convicted of all charges against them. They face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
In all, the four faced 302 counts, including murder and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
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.