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Former Bin Laden Secretary Sentenced To Life

A former personal secretary to Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was sentenced to life imprisonment at a hearing in New York.

Wadih El-Hage, a Lebanese-born U.S. citizen, was convicted along with three other people in 2001 for their roles in the August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people and wounded thousands of others.

El-Hage was sentenced to life in prison then, but that decision was reversed in 2008 and sent back to the district court.

U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan said at the April 23 hearing that it was likely El-Hage would “engage in further terrorist activities” against the United States if he was ever released and re-sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters