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Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sualiman Abu Ghaith, was recently captured and was taken to the U.S. to stand trial, Rep. Peter King has confirmed.
ABC News reports that the Turkish media had previously confirmed that the CIA worked with Turkish intelligence to capture Ghaith in Ankara last month. At first, he was detained in Turkey, before being flown to Jordan. From there, he was flown to New York City last week. He could appear in a New York court as early as Friday.
“I trust he received a vigorous interrogation, and will face swift and certain justice,” King said in a statement to the media, reports CBS News. “Definitely, one by one, we are getting the top echelons of al Qaeda...I give the (Obama) administration credit for this: it's steady and it's unrelenting and it's very successful.”
King confirmed that Gaith took part in planning the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. After the attacks, Gaith appeared in a video that was shown around the world, saying, “My beloved, we carried out what God ordered us to. We didn't make anything up, we only applied what God ordered us to.” He also called the U.S. the “head of apostasy.”
Gaith was also spotted in a video with bin Laden. He is a native of Kuwait, notes The Washington Post. He had reportedly tried to get into Turkey with a fake passport. The CIA tipped Turkish authorities, who then took him into custody, according to Turkish reports.