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Friday, March 8, 2013

Decision To Try Bin Laden Relative In U.S. Criticized

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, left, is seen with Osama bin Laden in a video image released by Al Jazeera in 2001.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, left, is seen with Osama bin Laden in a video image released by Al Jazeera in 2001.

Authorities say a senior al-Qaida leader and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who was recently captured overseas spoke at length to U.S. officials.

U.S. prosecutor John P. Cronan said Friday in federal court in New York that Sulaiman Abu Ghaith made an “extensive post-arrest statement” that totaled 22 pages. Cronan gave no details about what Abu Ghaith said.

Abu Ghaith pleaded not guilty during the 15-minute proceeding to one count of conspiracy to kill Americans. Defense attorney Philip Weinstein says attorneys met with their client “several times before this proceeding.”

Bail was not requested at the hearing and none was set. The judge says he will set a trial date at the next conference in the case, which is scheduled for April 8. Prosecutors say a trial is expected to last about three weeks.

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  • Greg Miller, covers national security for The Washington Post.

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