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Bin Laden's publicist gets life in prison

A US military tribunal at Guantanamo sentenced Osama bin Laden's media secretary to life in prison after convicting him of conspiring with al Qaeda, soliciting murder and providing material support for terrorism.

world Updated: Nov 04, 2008 08:55 IST

A US military tribunal at Guantanamo on Monday sentenced Osama bin Laden's media secretary to life in prison after convicting him of conspiring with al Qaeda, soliciting murder and providing material support for terrorism.

Yemeni prisoner Ali Hamza al Bahlul was the second man to be convicted by a jury in the war crimes court at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The jury of nine US military officers reached its verdict on Friday after a weeklong trial in which the defendant and his lawyer refused to participate.