48-year-old Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison by a New York court today. The Muslim cleric was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan for acting as al-Qaeda’s spokesman after the September 11 terror attacks. He was seen in numerous recruitment videos for the terrorist organization after the 2001 attacks.
Before being hauled off for life, the highest-ranking member of al-Qaeda to stand trial on U.S. soil since 9/11 issued a chilling warning to America. The Kuwaiti Imam said through an interpreter that he “would not come here today and seek mercy from anyone but God.” He continued with his chilling threat:
“At the same moment you were shackling my hands and intending to bury me alive, you are at the same time unleashing the hands of hundreds of Muslim youths. They will join the ranks of the free men soon and very soon the world will see the end of these theater plays.”
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Not to be deterred, Judge Kaplan announced as he read Ghaith’s sentence that “as recently as 15 minutes ago, you continued to threaten.” Though defense attorney Stanley Cohen asked the judge to impose only a 15-year sentence, Kaplan was not lenient. He explained:
“You continue to threaten. You sir, in my assessment, still want to do everything you can to carry out al-Qaeda’s agenda of killing Americans.”
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