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Sulaiman Abu Ghaith Was Tapped as Al Qaeda Spokesman After Sept. 11 Attacks

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith

Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans and of providing material support to terrorists, one of the most prominent al Qaeda operatives to be convicted in a U.S. civilian court.

The conviction of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith on all three counts bolsters the argument that civilian courts, rather than military commissions, are suitably equipped to handle terrorism cases.

“It would be a good thing for the country if this case has the result of putting that political debate to rest,” Attorney General Eric Holder said after the verdict.

Two other defendants in terror cases are expected to stand trial in the same Manhattan courthouse this year: Abu Anas al-Libi, grabbed by U.S. forces in Libya last year for allegedly planning the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people; and Abu Hamza al-Masri, the firebrand preacher from London who is accused of plotting to open a terrorist training camp in Oregon and kidnapping Americans in Yemen. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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