Self-declared Bin Laden aide found guilty in Albania slaying

Published on November 14, 1998, AP

Category: Islamic Terror in Kosovo

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- A self-declared aide to the Saudi millionaire accused of masterminding two U.S. embassy bombings was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison, a newspaper reported Saturday. The verdict and sentence for Claude Cheivh Ben Abdel Kader were handed down Friday, the Gazeta Shqiptare reported. During the hearings, Abdel Kader claimed to be an associate of Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden, though the court never established any connection. A federal indictment has charged bin Laden and Muhammad Atef, the military commander of bin Laden's alleged terrorist organization, with conspiracy in the Aug. 7 bombings at U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Twelve Americans were among the 224 people killed. Abdel Kader was convicted of killing an Albanian student believed to be his interpreter over an argument whose origins were never established. During the trial, Abdel Kader said his mission in Albania was to organize fighters for the Kosovo Liberation Army in neighboring Serbia, the dominant republic of Yugoslavia. Ethnic Albanian guerillas in the Serbian province of Kosovo are fighting for independence.

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