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Judge suspends 9/11 pre-trial US hearing

A US military judge at Guantanamo Bay temporarily suspended Tuesday the pre-trial hearing for the five alleged September 11 plotters after the defense said the FBI had investigated them. Halting the hearings until at least Thursday, Judge James Pohl said he wanted to know to what extent the allegations were true. On Monday, defense attorney Jim Harrington alleged that a "member of my team, visited by two members of the FBI, had to sign and answer" questions by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Qaeda chief Zawahiri's brother to stand trial in Egypt

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's brother is to stand trial with 67 others for forming a "terrorist group" and plotting attacks after Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster, Egyptian state media reported Sunday. Mohamed al-Zawahiri was arrested last August, a month after Morsi's ouster by the army, and has been called to go on trial by the state prosecutor. The military-installed authorities have since launched a crackdown against Morsi's supporters that has left more than 1,400 people dead and thousands jailed.

Bin Laden son-in-law found guilty on US terror charges

A New York jury on Tuesday found Osama bin Laden's son-in-law guilty of conspiracy to kill Americans and supporting terrorists over his role as Al-Qaeda spokesman in 2001-2002. Suleiman Abu Ghaith whose three-week trial has been the most high-profile Al-Qaeda case to reach a US federal court, now faces life behind bars. The 48-year-old preacher from Kuwait stood impassively as the court clerk read out the verdict, declaring him guilty of conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiracy to provide material support and providing material support to terrorists.

Bin Laden son-in-law's fate in hands of U.S. jury

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in New York on Tuesday began deliberating whether or not to convict a son-in-law of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden of conspiring to kill Americans and other terrorism-related charges. Prosecutors have accused Suleiman Abu Ghaith of acting as a spokesman and recruiter for al Qaeda in the days after the September 11, 2001 hijacked plane attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people and destroyed the World Trade Center in New York.

Bin Laden son-in-law unexpectedly testifies at his U.S. trial

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - On September 11, 2001, just hours after hijackers deliberately crashed passenger aircraft in attacks on the United States, a Kuwaiti teacher and imam named Suleiman Abu Ghaith met Osama bin Laden inside a cave in Afghanistan. "We are the ones who did it," bin Laden told Abu Ghaith, before asking him the next day to use his powers of oratory to send a videotaped "message to the world," Abu Ghaith testified on Wednesday in a surprise move at his trial on terrorism-related charges.

Judge blocks 9/11 plotter from testifying at NY trial

A US judge blocked America's most high-profile terror detainee on Tuesday from testifying in a New York courtroom to defend Osama bin Laden's son-in-law. "I have considered this very carefully. It's much ado about nothing. It's not admissible," Judge Lewis Kaplan told the southern district court in Manhattan. Suleiman Abu Ghaith, who married bin Laden's daughter Fatima, is on trial for conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiracy to support and supporting terrorists.

US wants 9/11 plotter testimony blocked at NY trial

US prosecutors on Monday asked a New York judge to prevent America's most high-profile terror detainee from testifying to defend Osama bin Laden's son-in-law. The government made the request to Judge Lewis Kaplan in a memorandum filed to the federal court in New York's southern district. The defense argues that testimony from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-styled 9/11 mastermind held at Guantanamo Bay, "could raise reasonable doubt as to the charges before the jury."

British convict says he met bin Laden '20 to 50 times'

A British terror convict has told a New York trial he met Osama bin Laden up to 50 times and was recruited by Al-Qaeda to blow up a passenger jet. Saajid Badat was sentenced in 2005 to 13 years in jail as a co-conspirator in the notorious shoe bombing plot in December 2001, a time of worldwide concern over air travel after the September 11 attacks in the United States. The 34-year-old has been dubbed a "supergrass," slang for informant, by the British media for agreeing to testify against a slew of former associates.

US Al-Qaeda recruit testifies at New York terror trial

An American Al-Qaeda recruit told the New York trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Thursday how he met the late terror mastermind and the defendant in Afghanistan. Sahim Alwan, one of six men from Lackawanna, New York convicted of supporting a foreign terror group, was called by US prosecutors to testify against Suleiman Abu Ghaith, the most senior alleged Al-Qaeda member to face trial in a US federal court.

Bin Laden son-in-law was Qaeda chief right-hand

The son-in-law of Osama bin Laden acted as the Al-Qaeda leader's right-hand man and appeared alongside the terror mastermind in a propaganda video just one day after the carnage of the 9/11 attacks, US prosecutors said Wednesday. Launching the most prominent 9/11-related terror trial held in New York to date, federal prosecutors said Suleiman Abu Ghaith had been one of bin Laden's key lieutenants in the days and months after the September 11, 2001 attacks which left 3,000 people dead.
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