On September 23, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, to life in prison for his role as al Qaeda spokesman following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, PA.
The New York Times reports that defense attorney Stanley Cohen asked that Abu Ghaith receive only 15 years, comparing his client to “an outrageous daytime ‘shock-radio’ host or a World War II radio propagandist for a losing ideology.” But Judge Kaplan saw Ghaith’s continued threats against America as too grave to underestimate.
The Daily Mail reports that Kaplan said he saw “no remorse whatsoever” in bin Laden’s 48-year-old son-in-law.
Kaplan spoke directly to Abu Ghaith: “You continue to threaten. You sir, in my assessment, still want to do everything in you can to carry out al-Qaeda’s agenda of killing Americans.”
As he was about to be sentenced, Abu Ghaith said: “At the same moment you are shackling my hands and intending to bury me alive, you are at the same time unleashing the hands of hundreds of Muslim youths… who will join the ranks of the free men soon.” He said these youths would show the world something “very soon.”
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