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Gitmo Detainee a 'Dupe' in Bomb Plot, Defense Lawyer Claims

FILE - An undated file photo provided by the U.S. District Attorney's office shows Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani (AP File Photo)

FILE - An undated file photo provided by the U.S. District Attorney's office shows Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani (AP File Photo)

A lawyer for the first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial says his client didn't know about a plot to bomb two U.S. embassies in Africa.

In closing arguments Tuesday at the Manhattan trial of Ahmed Ghailani, attorney Peter Quijano told jurors that Ghailani was a "dupe" and a "fall guy" for Al Qaeda operatives.

The government in its closing on Monday called Ghailani a cold-blooded killer and terrorist. It said he bought a truck and explosive components for the bombers before slipping away to Pakistan.

The attacks in Tanzania and Kenya killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report