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U.S. to prosecute Guantanamo detainee in NY-source

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. government will bring an al Qaeda suspect accused in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa from Guantanamo Bay to trial in New York, in the first prosecution of a detainee in a civilian U.S. court, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

The U.S. government was expected to announce on Thursday that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, accused of supplying equipment and support for the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, would be brought to trial in federal court in New York, the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. government is working to determine what to do with the 240 detainees held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, established after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, in order to meet President Barack Obama’s deadline to close the facility by the end of January.