Sunday, Apr 20th

Last update12:47:45 AM GMT

You are here::

Shoe-bomb witness to speak from London at US trial

E-mail Print PDF

New York, Mar 10 (AP) - The trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and al-Qaida spokesman after the 2001 terrorist attacks was set to resume Monday with the airing of testimony from a London resident who says he participated in a shoe-bomb plot that year.
Saajid Badat will testify live via video from London at the New York trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith about his experiences with al-Qaida after the attacks that demolished the World Trade Center in New York.
Abu Ghaith, 48, a onetime imam at a Kuwaiti mosque, has pleaded not guilty in the case. Abu Ghaith is the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11 attacks
Prosecutors are using the testimony to try to show that Abu Ghaith knew of al-Qaida's plans when he promised in videotapes sent across the world in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks that "the storm of airplanes will not abate" against Americans and advised Muslims in America and Great Britain to stay off aircraft.
Abu Ghaith, born in Kuwait, faces a possible life prison sentence if he is convicted of conspiring to kill Americans and of providing material support to al-Qaida. His trial began in federal court last week, a year after he was captured in Turkey and brought to the United States for trial. About five years ago, he married bin Laden's eldest daughter, Fatima.
Badat was expected to testify after defense lawyers cross-examine another witness, Sahim Alwan. The man testified Friday that he met bin Laden three times and heard Abu Ghaith speak to al-Qaida recruits while undergoing training in Afghanistan several months before the 2001 attacks.
Alwan pleaded guilty in 2003 to providing material support to terrorists by attending bin Laden's al-Farooq camp and served about seven years in prison.
Badat was convicted in London in a 2001 plot to down an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his shoes.
In videotaped testimony shown to a jury in New York at a 2012 terrorism trial, Badat said he refused a request to testify in person in the U.S. because he remains under indictment in Boston on charges he conspired with failed shoe-bomber Richard Reid, and he has been told he'd be arrested if he set foot in the United States.

Share this post