Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law arrested, goes on trial in New York for ‘conspiring to kill U.S. citizens’

Published: March 8, 2013
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith

In this courtroom drawing, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, leans forward as he is handcuffed in U.S. federal court in Manhattan, after a hearing where he pleaded not guilty Friday, March 8, 2013, to plotting against Americans in his role as al-Qaida’s top spokesman. Elizabeth Williams/AP

Washington, March 8 (IANS/EFE) A New York court will try Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, for “conspiring to kill U.S. citizens,” the U.S. Justice Department announced linking him with the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a heretofore sealed indictment in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan.

Terrorism-related charges will be presented there against Abu Ghaith, who was captured by U.S. intelligence agents in Jordan within the past week, according to a communique signed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Bin Laden’s son-in-law is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty of conspiring with the late terrorist leader to cause more terrorists attacks like the Sept. 11 massacre but, at present, no date has been set for the start of the trial.

Abu Ghaith was a key figure in al-Qaida along with bin Laden and his assistant Ayman al-Zawahiri during at least 2001-02, acting as an occasional spokesman for the terror network and warning that “attacks similar to those of Sept. 11, 2001, would continue,” according to the indictment.

“No amount of distance or time will weaken our resolve to bring America’s enemies to justice,” Holder said in his statement.

“To violent extremists who threaten the American people and seek to undermine our way of life, this arrest sends an unmistakable message: There is no corner of the world where you can escape from justice because we will do everything in our power to hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” the attorney general said.

The U.S. Treasury Department has described Abu Ghaith as “the official spokesman of al-Qaida since his appointment to that position after the attacks of September 11, 2001”, adding that he also appeared in videos as “the mouthpiece of bin Laden.”

Abu Ghaith’s capture was made public Thursday morning when New York Republican Congressman Peter King said that officials from U.S. security agencies had informed him of it.

King, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called the capture a “very significant victory” against al-Qaida and credited the CIA and FBI with catching him.

“Definitely, one by one, we are getting the top echelons of al-Qaida,” said King. “I give the (Obama) administration credit for this: it’s steady and it’s unrelenting and it’s very successful.”

Osama was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in a May 2011 raid on his secret compound in Pakistan.

— IANS/EFE

rd/dg

IANS 2013-03-08 16:06:07

[+]

Tags: , ,





Featured

WEST VANCOUVER SOCCER DESI

West Van barber bringing joy of soccer to refugee kids

LARISSA CAHUTE THE PROVINCE When West Vancouver’s Michel Ibrahim travelled to Lebanon more than 20 years ago, he was shocked to find what few resources…
Continue Reading »

health check

Parents of six-year-old girl ‘horrified’ after botched vaccination exposes her to HIV

GORDON MCINTYRE VANCOUVER DESI A six-year-old girl is in danger of having contacted HIV after a routine vaccination went awry in Fort St. James earlier…
Continue Reading »

CIVIC ELECTIONS

Battleground Surrey: Which mayoral candidate can stop the carnage?

CASSIDY OLIVIER VANCOUVER DESI The streets leading to the Newton Arena are littered with debris from the previous night’s storm. Overflow from the downpour swiftly…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

TransCanada files application to NEB for Energy East crude pipeline

THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says its regulatory application for the proposed Energy East pipeline is a massive document with 30,000 pages…
Continue Reading »

TransCanada files application to NEB for Energy East crude pipeline

THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says its regulatory application for the proposed Energy East pipeline is a massive document with 30,000 pages…
Continue Reading »

TransCanada files application to NEB for Energy East crude pipeline

THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) is filing its regulatory application for the proposed Energy East pipeline today. TransCanada says the document being…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Smart 21 communities

Surrey named among World’s Smart21 Communities of 2015

VANCOUVER DESI SURREY, B.C. – The Intelligent Community Forum has named the City of Surrey as one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2015. As one…
Continue Reading »

elephant crushes woman to death

Elephant crushes woman to death at India’s nature reserve

CEN AGENCY A school teacher was crushed to death by an elephant when it knocked her over with its trunk and then stood on her….
Continue Reading »

Crime-Vancouver-BC

Surrey Six murders: Allegations of weekend sex party, ‘sordid’ affair between investigator and potential witness rock case

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI The Surrey Six case heard details Tuesday of allegations of sexual improprieties involving a second senior RCMP officer. When charges were…
Continue Reading »

CBC-sexual behaviour-lawsuit

Jian Ghomeshi’s CBC lawsuit is hopeless — even if he’s telling the truth

HOWARD LEVITT FINANCIAL POST Jian Ghomeshi’s $50-million lawsuit against the CBC has everything to do with strategy and PR — but nothing to do with…
Continue Reading »

Wedding Canopy Toran

Significance of Toran and Rangoli

KIM TREHAN VANCOUVER DESI  Hello! Last week, Indians across the globe celebrated a festival called Diwali.  Although the festival itself has no significance to weddings, there…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Ismaili musicians - Aga Khan foundation

Salim-Sulaiman show underlines Vancouver’s rising Bollywood cachet

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI With big-time Bollywood composers Salim-Sulaiman set to kick off their North American tour at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, it…
Continue Reading »

Shah Rukh Khan

Burdwan blast: Shah Rukh Khan prays for better times for Bengal

IANS Kolkata – Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, West Bengal’s brand ambassador, Wednesday expressed his unwillingness to talk about the terror blast in Burdwan, but…
Continue Reading »

Ayesha Takia Azmi vegan

Chic Bollywood actress Ayesha Takia poses with a chick for PETA (w/gallery)

IANS New Delhi – Ahead of World Vegan Day on Nov 1, actress Ayesha Takia has posed with a fluffy chick for a new ad…
Continue Reading »