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Statements begin in 1998 embassy bombings trial

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Opening statements are likely in the trial of a man charged in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. Khaled al-Fawwaz is being tried alone after one co-defendant pleaded guilty and another died this month.

The attacks in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. Al-Fawwaz has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy.

Jury selection that started Tuesday is expected to conclude Thursday morning. He was extradited from Great Britain in 2012 with al-Qaida operative Adel Abdul Bary.

Abdul Bary is awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty in September to charges carrying a maximum of 25 years in prison. The third defendant, Abu Anas al-Libi, was snatched off the streets of Libya in 2013. He died this month after an illness. SAPA


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