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After Trial, Operative Offered Judge an Apology and a Blessing

A former Al Qaeda operative who recently pleaded guilty in New York to a conspiracy charge has written to a judge renouncing his actions against the United States and saying he has been treated fairly in the American court system. The former operative, Mohamed Suleiman al Nalfi, of Sudan, apologized in his letter for “the wrongs I have done,” and said he has never felt animosity toward the United States. “May God keep and bless the American justice system and the courts,” Mr. al Nalfi wrote to Judge Kevin Thomas Duffy of Federal District Court in Manhattan. Mr. al Nalfi was taken to the United States in 2000 and charged in the broad terrorism conspiracy that prosecutors say was led by Osama bin Laden and included the 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa. In January, Mr. al Nalfi pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiring to destroy national defense materials and was sentenced in February to 10 years in prison, the maximum term. At the sentencing, Judge Duffy said he had received a “truly very interesting” letter from Mr. al Nalfi, but ordered it sealed. The judge released the letter recently at the request of The New York Times. Full Story

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