Posted: 4:32 pm PT
Updated: Nov 29, 1:54 pm PT – with tweet from State Department spokesperson
We previously blogged about this case in 2014 (see U.S. Nabs Ahmed Abu Khatallah, Suspected Key Figure in 2012 Benghazi Attack). On November 28, DOJ announced that Ahmed Abu Khatallah, aka Ahmed Mukatallah, 46, a Libyan national, was found guilty by a jury of federal terrorism charges and other offenses stemming from the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. government personnel Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty died in the attack at the Mission and the nearby Annex in Benghazi.
We have not seen an official statement from Tillerson’s State Department as of this writing. We will update this when it becomes available.
Ahmed Abu Khatallah Found Guilty of Terrorism Charges in September 2012 Attack in Benghazi, Libya https://t.co/vvyX0omnfE
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) November 28, 2017
In a message to the CIA workforce, Director Mike Pompeo responds to the verdict in the Ahmed Abu Khattala trial. The Libyan militia leader was convicted on terrorism charges in the 2012 Benghazi attack, but acquitted of multiple counts of murder. pic.twitter.com/dD0OtSEVyE
— Shane Harris (@shaneharris) November 28, 2017
Today’s verdict in the trial of Ahmed Abu Khattala demonstrates that we will spare no effort to ensure that justice is served for Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods, dedicated Americans and public servants. #Benghazi #Libya
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) November 29, 2017
Mixed verdict in Abu Khattala trial. Convicted of four counts, including providing material support and resources to terrorism, but acquitted of 14, including the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. https://t.co/K4IiwZMiPs
— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) November 28, 2017
Libyan man convicted on terrorism charges but found not guilty of murder in Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. ambassador in 2012 https://t.co/BdhlvuWVxz
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 28, 2017
Libyan Convicted of Terrorism, Acquitted of Murder in Benghazi Attack https://t.co/0oPZZjk5IK
— Blogs of War (@BlogsofWar) November 29, 2017