|Bin Laden son-in-law to appeal terrorism conviction
A New York jury found Osama bin Laden's son-in-law guilty of conspiracy to kill Americans and supporting terrorists as an impassioned Al-Qaeda spokesman in 2001-2002.
Suleiman Abu Ghaith, 48, now faces life in a maximum security American prison after a three-week trial, the highest-profile Al-Qaeda case to reach a US federal court.
The 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.
The convict is most famous for sitting next to bin Laden in a video on September 12, 2001 as the Al-Qaeda mastermind claimed the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people the day before.
Prosecutors said the first thing bin Laden did after the hijackings was recruit the talented, respected orator to take Al-Qaeda propaganda global as the Twin Towers lay smoldering.
The 12-person jury took just four hours of deliberations to return the unanimous verdict. Afterwards, Abu Ghaith touched his heart in thanks, smiling at his lawyers.
Defense lawyer Stanley Cohen told reporters that he would appeal, accusing the judge of being “coercive,'' and taking issue with Judge Lewis Kaplan's instructions to the jury and his decision not to allow presumed 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to testify.
He said his client was “stoic'' and “at ease.''
“He has confidence that this is not the end but the beginning. We think there are a number of compelling issues for an appeal,'' Cohen said.—AFP