Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and spokesman has been apprehended and brought here to face trial in New York, said the US on Thursday, confirming reports in foreign media.
Sulaiman abu Ghayth had appeared in a post 9/11 video with bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al Zawahiri owning the attack that killed 2,996 people including the 19 hijackers.
But abu Ghayth had not been with the al Qaeda boss since 2002, when he left Afghanistan for Iran with a large group of other bin Laden relatives, bodyguards and operatives.
But that doesn’t mitigate his responsibility. “No amount of distance or time will weaken our resolve to bring America’s enemies to justice,” said attorney general Holder.
An indictment filed with a New York court on Thursday charges Abu Ghayth with participating in a conspiracy to kill US nationals, as per the FBI.
If convicted, he can be sentenced to life imprisonment. But how he landed in US custody remains unclear.
Abu Ghayth was detained by Turkish authorities last month on a tip-off from the CIA, but a local court let him go after 33 days as it didn’t find him in violation of a local law.
Appearing in a New York court on Friday, Ghayth pleaded not-guilty to the charges.
The US senate confirmed John Brennan as the chief of CIA on Thursday completing President Barack Obama’s national security team for his second term.
It’s a new team with a new secretary of state, John Kerry, new secretary of defence, Chuck Hagel, and now Brennan. Only Tom Donilon as national security adviser continued from the first.
While Kerry was easily confirmed, Hagel and Brennan both ran into a hostile bunch of Republican senators. Brennan was filibustered.
But President Obama has finally got his team now.