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US adds ‘charges’ against Abu Ghaith

NEW YORK, Dec 21, (RTRS): US prosecutors on Friday added two charges to an indictment accusing Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who once served as a spokesman for al-Qaeda, of conspiring to kill Americans. According to a superseding indictment filed with the US District Court in Manhattan, Abu Ghaith now also faces charges of providing material support and resources to terrorists, and conspiracy to provide such support and resources. Stanley Cohen, a lawyer for Abu Ghaith, declined immediate comment, saying he had yet to review the indictment.

The indictment adds details of alleged “overt acts,” including participation in a propaganda video around Nov 9, 2001, in which he, bin Laden and others are said to have discussed the upcoming attacks. It also referred to a speech in which Abu Ghaith allegedly praised an April 11, 2002, suicide bombing of a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia, and said “we were also granted victory when the world saw with its very own eyes what the Mujahidin did for the sake of God the Almighty in New York and Washington.” Abu Ghaith also then spoke of planning to target American and Jewish interests “inside and abroad,” and said “we shall be launching terrorist attacks on America ... at a time, place, and a method of our choosing,” according to the indictment.

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