Posted at: 10/24/2013 10:06 AM

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NY court upholds ex-Guantanamo detainee conviction

(AP) NEW YORK - A New York federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of an ex-Guantanamo detainee in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a ruling Thursday that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was properly convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the attack. The case tested the limits of the government’s efforts to obtain time-sensitive intelligence while still prosecuting terrorism defendants in civilian court.

His defense lawyers had argued that his rights to a speedy trial were violated because he was held abroad for several years by the CIA. The appeals court said his rights were not violated.

A lawyer for Ghailani did not immediately return a message for comment.

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