Saturday, March 9, 2013

Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law pleads not guilty

Bin Laden son-in-law pleads not guilty, lawmakers blast move to use civilian courts
March 8,2013

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith - Reuters

A top Al Qaeda spokesman, who is the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court to charges of conspiracy to kill Americans, touching off what could be lengthy legal proceedings as Republicans complained that such terror suspects don't belong in the civilian judicial system.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was hit with the charges in an indictment unsealed by the Justice Department late Thursday. The terror suspect's capture and prosecution in federal court -- all of which was first revealed to the public Thursday -- caught lawmakers by surprise.

Fox News' Mike Levine and The Associated Press contributed to this report.