According to reports, Wesam El-Hanafi, 40, claimed that doctors at the federal prison in which he was housed failed to diagnose a blood clot in his leg. The failure to treat resulted in deep vein thrombosis and severe pain. El-Hanafi claimed that the 16-hour flight to Washington caused the blood clot and that doctors both failed to diagnose and treat the condition in a timely fashion.
Defense attorneys were able to prove that ultrasounds taken showed that the condition was in its early stages. They also proved that El-Hanafi’s condition was hereditary and that doctors could have done nothing to prevent it.
El-Hanafi was sentenced last month to 15 years in prison for his part in aiding al Qaeda. It was shown that he utilized his knowledge to help al Qaeda operatives avoid detection while communicating online. It was also shown that he sent equipment and money to his contacts. He then assigned an associate of his to perform surveillance at such locations as the New York Stock Exchange to pinpoint potential attack targets.
El-Hanafi will receive nothing from the federal government and will spend the next 15 years of his life behind bars.
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