Libyan cleared of most serious charges in Benghazi attack

2017-11-29 15:18
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Washington - A federal jury has found a suspected Libyan militant not guilty of the most serious charges stemming from the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.

Jurors on Tuesday convicted Ahmed Abu Khattala of terrorism-related charges but acquitted him of murder.

Prosecutors accused Abu Khattala of leading a rampage aimed at killing personnel and plundering maps and other property from the US mission in Benghazi. Defense attorneys said their evidence against him was shoddy.

US Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in the attack, along with a State Department information management officer. Two more Americans died in a mortar attack at a nearby CIA complex.

The September 12, 2012, attack became political fodder in the 2012 presidential campaign.

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