NEW YORK — A federal jury in Manhattan will hear charges that Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law conspired to kill Americans after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Evidence against him also will include post-9/11 videos in which the he promises more attacks on the United States as devastating as those that destroyed the World Trade Center.
Jury selection for the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith – the highest-ranking Al-Qaeda figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the attacks was expected to get underway on Monday.
Prosecutors will try to prove to the anonymous jury that the one-time Al-Qaeda spokesman tried to rally others to kill Americans.
Prosecutors plan to show jurors during their opening statement a picture of Abu Ghaith seated with bin Laden and other Al-Qaeda leaders on the day after Sept. 11, 2001, as they make statements about the attacks.
“The Americans must know that the storm of airplanes will not stop, God willing, and there are thousands of young people who are as keen about death as Americans are about life,” Abu Ghaith said in an Oct. 9, 2001, speech.
Abu Ghaith is married to bin Laden’s eldest daughter, Fatima, one of nearly two dozen children bin Laden was believed to have fathered before he was killed in Pakistan by U.S. special forces in 2011.
Before heading to Afghanistan in 2000, Abu Ghaith was an imam at a Kuwaiti mosque and taught high school religion classes.