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Elizabeth Williams, AP
In this courtroom sketch, Khaled al-Fawwaz, second from left, a defendant in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, is seated next to his defense attorney Barbara O'Connor while Judge Lewis Kaplan, third from right, confers with prosecution and defense lawyers during jury selection in Manhattan Federal Court Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in New York. Defense lawyers say the former top aide to Osama bin Laden should get less than life in prison for his conviction in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. Prosecutors say he deserves life in prison.

NEW YORK — Defense lawyers say a former top aide to Osama bin Laden should get less than life in prison for his conviction in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. Prosecutors say he deserves life in prison.

Khaled al-Fawwaz (kah-LEED' al-fah-WAHZ') faces sentencing Friday.

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

Al-Fawwaz's defense lawyers wrote in a pre-sentence submission that their client deserves less than life in prison because he was less to blame than other defendants who have been sentenced to less than life in prison.

Prosecutors say al-Fawwaz was an al-Qaida leader who helped bin Laden make sure his 1996 declaration of war against the United States reached the world.

He was extradited from Great Britain in 2012.