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Embassy bombing defendant wants confession suppressed

Mohamed Rashed Daoud al-'Owhali
Al-'Owhali signed documents in Kenya waiving his Miranda rights against self-incrimination, but his attorneys say he did not understand what he was being told or asked to sign  

NEW YORK (CNN) -- One of four men standing trial for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania began arguing in closed court sessions on Tuesday that his post-arrest statements to investigators should be suppressed.

The hearing, expected to last all week, concerns Mohamed Rashed Daoud al-'Owhali, who allegedly admitted a role in the Nairobi blast during a 14-day period after his arrest on August 12, 1998, five days after the bombings.

The dual bombings killed 224 people -- 213 in Kenya, including 12 Americans, and 11 people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Al-'Owhali had won this important pretrial argument, but last Friday U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Sand announced he had withdrawn his ruling, pending this week's hearing.

FBI agents who interrogated al-'Owhali in Kenya say he told them he traveled in the passenger seat of the Nairobi bomb truck and that the embassy bombing was supposed to be a martyr mission he did not expect to survive.

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