Bin Laden son-in-law faces terror charges
AFPNEW YORK -- Osama bin Laden's son-in-law has been captured and is due to appear in court in New York on Friday on charges he plotted with the al-Qaida leader to stage attacks on Americans.
March 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, reportedly a 47-year-old Kuwaiti and allegedly one of the chief propagandists of the al-Qaida network, stands accused of having “conspired, confederated, and agreed to kill nationals of the United States,” according to a Justice Department indictment.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the arrest showed that the United States would never relent in its pursuit of the militants who launched the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington that killed nearly 3,000 people.
“No amount of distance or time will weaken our resolve to bring America's enemies to justice,” Holder said.
“To violent extremists who threaten the American people and seek to undermine our way of life, this arrest sends an unmistakable message,” he said.
“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.”
His capture is unusual as President Barack Obama's administration has focused on killing al-Qaida figures in bombing raids using unmanned drone aircraft, mostly in Pakistan's tribal belt.
A Turkish newspaper had reported earlier that Ghaith was seized by U.S. authorities at a luxury hotel in Ankara last month and was deported to Jordan, before being taken to the United States.
But FBI, White House and CIA officials declined to comment on how Bin Laden's son-in-law ended up behind bars on American soil.
Republican lawmakers immediately denounced the Obama administration for not sending the suspect to the U.S.-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he could be held indefinitely and prosecuted under special military tribunals.
“When we find somebody like this, this close to bin Laden and the senior al-Qaida leadership, the last thing in the world we want to do, in my opinion, is put them in a civilian court,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
“This man should be in Guantanamo Bay.”