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A Tanzanian man accused in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies has been cleared of terror charges but could still face life in prison in a dramatic end to the first civilian trial of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate.
A jury in a New York federal court returned the surprise verdict after deliberating for five days, finding Ahmed Ghailani not guilty on of 276 charges of murder and attempted murder.
The 36-year-old was convicted of only one relatively minor charge of conspiracy to damage or destroy US property with explosives, although this carries a sentence of at least 20 years to life in prison.
Ghailani's trial has been closely watched as a test of President Barack Obama's plans to shut down the notorious prison at a US military base in Cuba and move inmates into the civilian justice system.
Mr Obama has vowed to close Guantanamo amid international condemnation of the treatment of detainees but he has run into political resistance at home.
The Obama administration has adopted what it calls a flexible approach, favouring military tribunals in some cases and civilian trials in others.
Most Republicans say all terrorism suspects should be tried in military tribunals.
Ghailani was held in CIA custody after his July 2004 arrest in Pakistan, moved to Guantanamo Bay in late 2006, and transferred to New York in June 2009 to stand civilian trial.
The US government accused Ghailani of buying seven gas cylinders used in the bomb and the truck used to transport it.
Prosecutors said Ghailani flew to Pakistan along with senior al Qaeda operatives on the day before the bombings, and that a blasting cap was found in a cupboard in his room.
But defence lawyers called Ghailani a naive boy who was tricked by al Qaeda and they denied Ghailani ever took the flight to Karachi.