NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer who admits spreading terrorist threats after the 1998 bombings of two US embassies should be sentenced to the maximum 25 years in prison under a plea deal he reached last year, government lawyers say, while his lawyers have urged a judge to take into account his repudiation of violence.
Adel Abdul Bary is set to be sentenced Friday in Manhattan federal court, where he entered a surprise plea to conspiracy charges in September. Prior to his plea, a conviction at trial could have resulted in a life prison term for his role in a conspiracy that resulted in the August 1998 bombings in Tanzania and Kenya that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.
Prosecutors say in court papers that he deserves the maximum sentence after admitting he disseminated claims of responsibility and threats of future attacks after the bombings. They called him an associate of al-Qaeda.
The government said correspondence recovered from locations in London show that Bary after the bombings continued to act as a “conduit for communications” between the media and his co-conspirators, including al-Qaeda’s then leader, Osama bin Laden.