UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Thursday, a US court sentenced a 47-year-old 47-year-old Libyan who had been arrested by the US Special Forces in Libya and brought to the United States for trial, for his involvement in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi.
A Washington court judge sentenced Mustafa al-Imam, who was convicted of terrorism and other crimes, in June 2019 after a six-week trial, 19 years and six months in prison.
American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the September 11, 2011 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi and a building by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
“Each of them sacrificed their lives for the sake of American ideals,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement, adding that the ruling on the imam “sends a strong message to those trying to commit such a heinous crime.”
American forces arrested the imam in Libya in October 2017 and was brought to the United States.
“The imam played an important role in the terrorist attack that destroyed the American mission and the CIA building next to it in Benghazi,” prosecutor Jesse Liu said in a statement.
“Today’s ruling is a reminder that the safety of Americans – whether at home or abroad, civilians or otherwise – will always be our top priority,” Liu added. “Whoever commits a terrorist act will find him and bring him to justice.”
According to the plaintiffs, during the attack on the American consulate, the imam was in contact with Ahmed Abu Khattala, another Libyan who was arrested by US forces in 2014 and also brought to the United States.
Abu Khattala was sentenced in June 2018 to 22 years’ imprisonment for his involvement in the attack.
The death of Stevens sparked a political storm, which was further aggravated by the Republican opposition to then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was shortcomed in protecting diplomats.
This issue has clouded her campaign for the 2016 presidential election, which she lost to President Donald Trump.
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