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Lawyers, families react to bombing sentence

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Lawyers for Mohamed Rashed Daoud al-'Owhali, convicted in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, praised the jury verdict that spared his life Tuesday. But relatives of those killed in the 1998 bombing expressed disappointment that he was not sentenced to death.

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Al-'Owhali attorney Fred Cohn:

"This is an extraordinary victory for a system that was really put to the test. That a jury in New York could make the findings it could in the face of the real human tragedy that was well presented by the government was a credit to the system."

Howard Kavaler, a bombing survivor whose wife was killed in the attack:

"I know my daughters and I would have been given the opportunity to experience a certain sense of closure had Mr. al-'Owhali been sentenced to death."


Al-'Owhali lawyer David Baugh: (Audio 556 K/25 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)

"In light of the McVeigh situation and all else that's going on, I think it says a lot of positive things about our country."


Sue Bartley, mother and wife of bombing victims: (Audio 292 K/14 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)

"At least we can be peaceful with the fact that al-'Owhali won't be free to harm anyone else."

Clara Aliganga, mother of slain embassy Marine guard Jesse Aliganga: (Audio 706 K/30 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)

"It's a two-edged sword. You're left with this void, this pain you have to live with for the rest of your life ... and then you see this man who took the ones that you loved so dearly away from you, and yet he gets life."




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