Jury finds Ahmed Abu Khatallah guilty of terrorism charges but acquits him of murder. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christoper Stevens, were killed in the attack.
A Libyan man accused of taking part in the 2012 deadly assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, was found guilty of four charges Tuesday but acquitted of murder, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ahmed Abu Khatallah, 46, was found guilty of conspiring to provide material support and providing material support to terrorists, as well as destructive acts against the mission and possession of a semiautomatic firearm. He was found not guilty of more serious charges, including the murder of an internationally protected person and four counts of killing someone during an attack on a U.S. facility involving dangerous weapons.
The trial took place in federal court in Washington, D.C. Khatallah was captured in 2014 in Benghazi by U.S. Special Forces and FBI agents and brought to the U.S. to face 18 federal charges related to the attack that claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Federal prosecutors accused him of being the ringleader of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack. They cast him as a terrorist driven by his hatred of Americans. Defense lawyers said prosecutors had failed to prove that Khatallah had helped plan or participate in the attacks, and accused the U.S. government of presenting evidence in a way that would lead jurors to be suspicious of Khatallah because of his religious and political beliefs.