Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law convicted of terror charges

Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden, has been convicted of terror charges in a New York trial.

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Abu Ghaith 'knew of Richard Reid shoe bomb plot'

Richard Reid, who was accused of trying to blow up a transAtlantic flight with bombs in his shoes. Credit: Reuters

Jurors took just over one day to reach a guilty verdict in the trial of Suleiman Abu Ghaith.

Prosecutors had accused Abu Ghaith of acting as an al Qaeda mouthpiece, using videotapes of his inflammatory rhetoric to recruit new fighters.

They also said Abu Ghaith knew in advance of an attempt to detonate a shoe bomb aboard an airplane by Briton Richard Reid in December 2001, citing in part a video in which he warned Americans that the "storm of airplanes will not stop."

Lawyers for Abu Ghaith said the prosecution was based on "ugly words and bad associations," rather than actual evidence that the defendant knew of or joined plots against Americans.

During the trial, Abu Ghaith described meeting with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan hours after the 11 September plane attacks. He claimed the al-Qaeda leader told him: "We are the ones who did this."

Ex-al-Qaeda spokesman faces life in prison

A court sketch of Suleiman Abu Ghaith. Credit: Reuters

Suleiman Abu Ghaith faces life in prison after a federal jury convicted him of conspiring to kill Americans, conspiring to provide material support for terrorists, and providing such support.

The 48-year-old served as spokesman for al-Qaeda following the September 11 attacks.

He was found guilty of terrorism-related charges in New York, following a three-week trial that offered an unusually intimate portrait of Bin Laden in the days after the attacks.


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