Sulaiman Abu Ghaith Claims that Prosecuters Have the Wrong Man in NYC Terrorist Attacks
Today, days before his Sept. 11th related terrorism trial begins in a New York City Federal Court, accused Al Qaeda propagandist Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law to Osama bin Laden, again asked a federal judge to dismiss or postpone the proceedings, contending the government had charged the wrong man.
The Federal indictment charges that Mr. Abu Ghaith assisted Bin Laden in making speeches and appearing in Al Qaeda propaganda to help recruit for the group. Prosecutors have said in court papers that a video made in Afghanistan on the morning of Sept. 12, 2001, shows Mr. Abu Ghaith, Bin Laden and two other men making speeches about the attacks and making threats against the United States.
In a Federal Court filing made public Thursday, Ghaith’s attorneys said newly obtained evidence suggests a second individual with a similar name and past, who is currently incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, is the person who threatened the U.S. with more airplane hijackings after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The second individual was identified as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described architect of the Sept. 11th terror attacks.
Mr. Mohammed confessed at a 2007 military proceeding to having helped to plan the Sept. 11th attacks, the Richard Reed shoe-bomb plot and a host of other terrorist attacks, according to a government transcript of the hearing.
A Judge Lewis Kaplan will hold a pre-trial hearing in New York today, to determine if the trial should proceed as scheduled and the identity issue raised by the defense team, was Abu Ghaith a relative of Osama bin Laden and al Qaida’s spokesman after the September 11th attacks or do the Feds have the wrong man.
Abu Ghaith trial is scheduled to begin on March 3rd, who is charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al Qaida’s spokesman after the 2001 terror attacks.