Friday, March 8, 2013
A Bin Laden Son-in-Law’s Video Messages
By ROBERT MACKEY
March 8, 2013, 2:24 pm
As my colleagues Marc Santora and William Rashbaum report, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who once served as a spokesman for Al Qaeda, was charged with conspiracy to kill Americans in federal court in Manhattan on Friday.
He pleaded not guilty, but Justice Department officials described Mr. Abu Ghaith as a propagandist who praised the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States in a video message broadcast on Al Jazeera only three weeks after the deadly strikes. Archival footage of Mr. Abu Ghaith with Bin Laden, and speaking on his behalf, was included in a new report from the Qatari network’s English-language channel.
Archival footage of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, speaking on behalf of Al Qaeda in a report from Al Jazeera.
Officials said Mr. Abu Ghaith, who was married to one of Bin Laden’s daughters, Fatima, lived for about a decade in Iran, along with other members of that extended family.
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