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U.S. court convicts second Benghazi militant over 2012 consulate attack

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

WASHINGTON — A Libyan man was found guilty by an American court on Thursday on two terrorism-related charges arising from the attack on a United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012 that killed two Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.

But the jury in Washington remained deadlocked on 15 other charges against the man, Mustafa al-Imam, and the Federal District Court judge overseeing the trial ordered jurors to keep deliberating on the remaining counts. Those included aiding and abetting several murders and aiding the follow-up attack, hours later, on a nearby C.I.A. “annex” facility, during which two more Americans were killed.

Regardless of what the jurors decide on those counts, the guilty verdict on at least two charges — conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and aiding in the malicious destruction of American property — means al-Imam is virtually guaranteed a lengthy prison sentence.

He became the second suspect to be tried successfully in federal court in Washington for his role in the deadly assault.

Ahmed Abu Khattala, a former militia leader in Benghazi and a friend of al-Imam’s, was convicted in 2017 on similar charges and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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