Bin Laden Relative Helped Al-Qaeda Recruit Terrorists, U.S. Says


Patricia Hurtado
Business Week
March 24, 2014

Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law willingly agreed on Sept. 11, 2001, to speak on behalf of al-Qaeda in statements and videos to help attract new recruits and suicide bombers, a prosecutor told a federal jury in New York during closing arguments today.

Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, 48, was described as an “essential” member of al-Qaeda while acting as a spokesman in numerous videos in the wake of the attacks involving 19 hijackers, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cronan said.

Abu Ghayth, who took the stand in his own defense last week, helped al-Qaeda “drive” new recruits to join the group’s quest to kill U.S. nationals, Cronan said.

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