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US court: Life in prison OK for bin Laden aide

US court: Life in prison OK for bin Laden aide

A U.S. appeals court has upheld the life sentence given to a former Osama bin Laden aide who stabbed a federal prison guard in the eye.
The court in New York on Friday upheld the sentence given to Mamdouh Mahmud Salim. Federal Judge Deborah Batts imposed the life sentence for what she called his "unusually cruel, brutal" attack in 2000 on guard Louis Pepe.
Salim was awaiting trial at the time in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
Salim challenged the fact that he was only allowed to appear at sentencing on video. The appeals court agreed it was an error but said it did not require resentencing.


Updated : 2021-02-26 16:07 GMT+08:00