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

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

Surrey-politics-desi

Barinder Rasode breaks ranks with Surrey First over ‘hostile’ environment, may run for mayor

AMY REID SURREY NOW SURREY, B.C. — Coun. Barinder Rasode is leaving Surrey First and may have her eye on the mayor’s chair. Rasode plans to…
Continue Reading »

travel Asia

Korea Ferry: Officers hoped to stabilize vessel, didn’t order immediate evacuation, lost time, says crew

YOUKYUNG LEE And FOSTER KLUG THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOKPO, South Korea — An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South…
Continue Reading »

terrorism

Pakistani student gets 5 years in terrorism case linked to ‘Jihad Jane’

MARYCLAIRE DALE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA — A Pakistan-born teenager convicted with two American women in a terror plot has been sentenced to five years…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Surrey-politics-desi

Barinder Rasode breaks ranks with Surrey First over ‘hostile’ environment, may run for mayor

AMY REID SURREY NOW SURREY, B.C. — Coun. Barinder Rasode is leaving Surrey First and may have her eye on the mayor’s chair. Rasode plans to…
Continue Reading »

desi sexy photos

Transit cop who posed for racy modelling photos cleared of wrongdoing

SAM COOPER VANCOUVER DESI A transit Police officer who was investigated for posing in racy modelling photos while on leave has been cleared of any…
Continue Reading »

Today in History – May 2

Advance THE CANADIAN PRESS Today in History for May 2: On this date: In 1497, Italian-born John Cabot set sail from Bristol, England, to follow…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

bites man's genitals

Court lets off woman charged for mishandling boss’ dogs, one bit a man’s genitals

IANS New Delhi – A Delhi court has let off a woman facing trial for being negligent with her employer’s dogs – one of whom…
Continue Reading »

underage-sex-pregnancy-Britain

Opinion: Britain’s youngest mom — 12-year-old — isn’t a case for the midwife, it’s a case for the police

ALLISON PEARSON THE DAILY TELEGRAPH  A girl aged 12 years and three months became Britain’s youngest mother over the weekend. She was still at primary…
Continue Reading »

Desi Hockey Dad threat

‘It got quite graphic’: Hockey dad charged with threatening 10-year-old player on his son’s team

Burnaby Winter Club team had just lost a playoff game IAN AUSTIN THE PROVINCE A Burnaby Winter Club hockey dad appeared in North Vancouver court…
Continue Reading »

Surrey Vaisakhi Parade

The sheer awe of Amritsar

VANCOUVER DESI Amritsar, literally a Pool of Nectar, derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the splendid Golden Temple. Guru Ramdas,…
Continue Reading »

Vaisakhi Parade Surrey

Vaisakhi recipes and the concept of free kitchens

VANCOUVER DESI Food, especially feeding others for free, is a central philosophy of Sikhism. Sikhs do not have many strict rules regarding food but many…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Porn Queen-desi

2 States author listens to Sunny Leone’s Babydoll number to unwind

VANCOUVER DESI The author of  2 States – which has now been adapted into the Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor film – has an interesting…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood actress

Gallery: Bollywood celebrity shots this week

VANCOUVER DESI More and more Bollywood stars are sharing all the glitz and glamour of their lives with fans – a personal touch – the…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’ gets new release date

IANS Mumbai – Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s much awaited film “Bombay Velvet”, which was reportedly planned to be released on Christmas along with Aamir Khan’s “P.K.”,…
Continue Reading »