A second militant responsible for the 2012 attack on the United States embassy in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, has been charged and convicted by a Washington D.C. jury.
“The jury convicted Mustafa al-Imam, 47, on conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and maliciously destroying government property, according to the Washington Post,” the Washington Examiner reports. “The jury deadlocked on 15 other charges, including aiding and abetting in murders, and received orders from the judge to renew deliberations.”
The report adds:
Ahmed Abu Khattala, a former militia leader in Benghazi, was convicted on similar charges in 2017 and sentenced to 22 years in prison. Khattala was acquitted on 14 charges.
The charges stem from a Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Protests led to a violent attack on the embassy that killed Stevens, CIA security contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and State Department employee Sean Smith.
At the time, an administration official said the US government had video of al-Imam at one of the two sites that were attacked, and that the US had been monitoring the terrorist operative’s location for some time.
Al-Imam is the second suspect to be convicted by a US court for his role in the attack.
In November 2017, a US jury found Ahmed Abu Khatallah guilty on four of 18 charges related to his role in the terrorist attack, including conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists and providing material support and resources to terrorists. He was found not guilty of four murder charges for the US personnel killed in the attack.
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