Judge warns bin Laden’s son-in-law on lawyer choices


Bernard Vaughan
reuters.com
May 21, 2013

The son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and former spokesman for al Qaeda, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to kill Americans, was warned on Tuesday that his three chosen lawyers may not get clearance to review classified evidence in the case.

A federal judge in New York told Suleiman Abu Ghaith, one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to face trial in the United States for crimes related to the September 11, 2001, attacks, that legal issues and, for one lawyer, a disability, could prevent them from getting the needed clearance.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan warned Abu Ghaith, 47, on Tuesday that proceeding with the lawyers with these potential conflicts “is a mistake, that it is against your interests.”

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