Suleiman Abu Ghaith's defense attorney Stanley Cohen (C) speak to the press outside the Manhattan Federal Court house in New York, March 24, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, the voice of fiery Al-Qaeda propaganda videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group's spokesman.The verdict came after about six hours of deliberation over two days in the case against Kuwaiti Imam Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the highest-ranking Al-Qaeda figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the attacks. As the verdict was read, Abu Ghaith remained composed as he had throughout the trial. Abu Ghaith had testified during a three-week trial that he answered bin Laden's request in the hours after the attacks to speak on the widely circulated videos used to recruit new followers willing to go on suicide missions like the 19 who hijacked four planes on Sept. 11, 2001 .Shown repeatedly to the jury during the trial were frames of a video made Sept. 12, 2001, that showed Abu Ghaith seated next to bin Laden and two other top Al-Qaeda leaders as they tried to justify the attacks.Prosecutor Michael Ferrara asked Abu Ghaith on cross-examination.
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