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TRIALS BY FIRE - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Timeline of Selected US Terrorism Trials1994: Conviction of four defendants for the 1993 bombing of the WorldTrade Center, including Shaykh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was sentenced tolife in prison.1996: Conviction of Omar Mohammed Ali Rezaq for his participation in thehijacking of EgyptAir Flight 648. Ali Rezaq was sentenced to life in prison.1997: Conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing.McVeigh was sentenced to death and later executed.2001: Conviction of Wadih el-Hage for his participation in the 1998 EastAfrica Embassy bombings. El-Hage was sentenced to life in prison withoutparole.2004: Conviction of David Wayne Hull , leader of the White Knights of theKu Klux Klan, for teaching others to use bombs in violation of an antiterrorismstatute. Hull was later sentenced to 12 years in prison.2005: Conviction of defense lawyer Lynne Stewart for material support ofterrorism after she transmitted messages from convicted terrorist OmarAbdel-Rahman to a foreign terrorist organization. Stewart was sentenced to28 months in prison.2006: Guilty plea submitted by Sami al-Arian for conspiracy to assist the terrorgroup Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He was later sentenced to 57 months inprison but is currently under house arrest.2006: Conviction of Hamid Hayat and his father Umer Hayat for materialsupport for terrorism after both were accused of being part of a Californiasleeper cell. Hamid Hayat was sentenced to 24 years. His father was sentencedto time served after pleading guilty.2006: Conviction of Zacarias Moussaoui for his participation in the 9/11 attacks.Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison.2008: Conviction of the Holy Land Foundation and five men working withthe organization for material support of terrorism. The Foundation’s founderswere sentenced to life in prison.

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