Ex-Detainee Challenges Single Conviction

Lawyers for Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the former Guantánamo detainee who was acquitted of more than 280 counts of murder and conspiracy last month in a terrorism trial in Manhattan, asked the judge on Friday to dismiss the one count for which he was convicted.

The lawyers argued that in light of his numerous acquittals on charges stemming from the 1998 bombings of two United States Embassies in East Africa, there was insufficient evidence to support his conviction for the sole count of conspiracy to destroy government buildings and property.

The only way such a conviction could stand, the lawyers argued, would be if Mr. Ghailani had conspired to destroy government buildings other than the two embassies.

“However, there simply was no proof — nor even argument — linking Ghailani to conduct exclusive of the embassy bombings,” the lawyers wrote in a motion filed in United States District Court.

A spokeswoman for the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York had no comment on the filing. The office is expected to respond in court papers.

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