Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith has been found guilty of conspiring to kill Americans and supporting terrorists over his role as Al-Qaeda spokesman in 2001-2002.
He was convicted by a New York jury on Tuesday after the 12-person jury took just four hours of deliberations to return the unanimous verdict.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith
Known as the voice of fiery al Qaeda propaganda videotapes after the September 11 attacks, Abu Ghaith whose three-week trial has been the most high-profile Al-Qaeda case to reach a US federal court, now faces life behind bars.
According to Judge Lewis Kapla, Abu Ghaith would be sentenced on September 8.
US attorney Preet Bharara welcomed the verdict against Abu Ghaith who he said had exploited his position in Al-Qaeda’s “homicidal hierarchy” to recruit a new generation of terrorists after 9/11, adding that he hopes the verdict brings some small measure of comfort to the families of the victims of Al-Qaeda’s murderous designs.
The defense lawyer Stanley Cohen was however not pleased with the verdict, accusing the judge of being “coercive. He said he'd appeal the verdict.
"He has confidence that this is not the end but the beginning. We think there are a number of compelling issues for an appeal," Cohen said.