LawFuel.com – Law News – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that WADIH EL HAGE, a United States citizen, was resentenced today in Manhattan federal court to life in prison for his participation in al Qaeda conspiracies to murder U.S. nationals and government employees that culminated in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and for lying to the grand jury and to federal agents about his association with al Qaeda before and after the bombings took place.
EL HAGE, 52, was convicted of conspiracies to kill U.S. nationals; to murder U.S. government employees and internationally protected persons; and to destroy buildings and property of the United States on May 29, 2001, following a six-month trial before U.S. District Judge Leonard B. Sand.
The jury also convicted EL HAGE of multiple counts of perjury for lying to the grand jury about his knowledge of, and association with, al Qaeda and its leaders and members, and three counts of making false statements to FBI agents regarding the same. On October 18, 2001, Judge Sand, sentenced EL HAGE to life imprisonment.
On appeal, the Second Circuit upheld the conviction and remanded for resentencing in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Booker, concerning the federal sentencing guidelines. EL HAGE was resentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.