Washington, May 22: Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's former Tanzanian cook Ghailani, is coming to New York to face charges for his role in the bombings of two US embassies in East Africa 11 years ago, Obama president of US announced on Thursday, May 21.
Ghailani will be moved from Guantanamo Bay as a part of Obama's controversial order to shut down the US terror prison camps in Cuba over the objections of many lawmakers from both parties. "Preventing this detainee from coming to our shores would prevent his trial and conviction," Obama said in a Washington speech.
Ghailani known as ' Foopie' faced a bounty of 25 million dollars when he was nabbed in July 2004 after a 12-hour shootout at an al Qaeda safe house in Pakistan.
According to a directorate of national intelligence biography, Ghailani rose from an al Qaeda 'rank-and-file soldier' in Afghanistan before 9/11 to become Bin Laden's cook and his most prolific passport forger and travel agent.
Ghailani was among the original 22 'most wanted' terrorist designated by ex-president Bush's FBI after 9/11, even though the government admits he 'was not directly involved in operational planning' by al Qaeda.