NEW INFORMATION: Prosecutor hopes verdict provides comfort to al-Qaida victims; defense plans appeal

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
The verdict was returned Wednesday for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith in federal court in Manhattan.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A prosecutor says he hopes today's verdict in a New York courtroom will bring some measure of comfort to victims of al-Qaida.

A jury today convicted Osama bin Laden's son-in-law of conspiring to kill Americans, in his role as the terror group's spokesman following the 9/11 attacks. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith could face life in prison when he is sentenced in September.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Abu Ghaith was "more than just Osama bin Laden's propaganda minister." He said he had used his position to "persuade others to pledge themselves to al-Qaida in the cause of murdering more Americans."

Abu Ghaith's attorney is promising to appeal. He says the judge rushed the verdict by warning jurors this morning that he might direct them to stay late if they weren't finished by 4:30 p.m. Attorney Stanley Cohen says the judge was sending a message to the jury that "this is a no-brainer."
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Osama bin Laden's son-in-law has been convicted in New York of conspiring to kill Americans by serving as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The verdict was returned Wednesday for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith in federal court in Manhattan. The Kuwaiti clergyman could face life in prison when he is sentenced on charges of conspiracy and aiding al-Qaida.

He was captured in Jordan last year and brought to New York for trial. He is the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the attacks.

Videos showing Abu Ghaith threatening America with no end to the "storm of airplanes" were shown to jurors. Defense lawyers say he knew nothing about conspiracies. He testified bin Laden asked him the night of the attacks to be al-Qaida's spokesman.


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