Bin Laden son-in-law on trial in NY

2014-03-03 21:50
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and spokesperson. (Al-Jazeera, AP)

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and spokesperson. (Al-Jazeera, AP)

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New York - A federal trial in New York City will hear charges that Osama bin Laden's son-in-law conspired to kill Americans as al-Qaeda's spokesperson after the 11 September terrorist attacks.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith will be tried in a courthouse just blocks from where the attacks downed the World Trade Centre in 2001.

Jury selection is getting under way on Monday.

On Friday, Judge Lewis Kaplan refused to delay the trial amid lawyers' claims that the defendant has been mistaken for a Guantanamo Bay detainee in regards to some evidence.

Authorities say jurors will see propaganda videos in which Abu Ghaith sits with bin Laden. FBI witnesses will describe what he allegedly told them.

- AP
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