Osama bin Laden's son-in-law's trial starts in New York City

By Kyle Johnson,

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law's trial began on Monday in New York City on terrorism charges.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith has been charged with inciting violence towards Americans as well as stepping in as a spokesman for al Qaeda, reports The Associated Press. Monday was the first day where potential jurors got to see the suspect.

Both sides have until Wednesday, when opening statements begin, to get the pool of prospective jurors down to 12.

Ahead of opening statements it is already known that lawyers are preparing to show pictures of Abu Ghaith with bin Laden and also video of him. One video is from 2009 where he says, "The Americans must know that the storm of airplanes will not stop, God willing, and there are thousands of young people who are as keen about death as Americans are about life."

Meanwhile, according to Reuters, Abu Ghaith's defense lawyers claim that the U.S. government doesn't have enough evidence to prove he was actually involved in any plotting.

The pool of 50 jurors was told to keep any personal information to themselves as they are to remain anonymous because the trial relates to terrorism. Some people were dismissed for saying they knew people who died in the Sept. 11 attacks or didn't believe they could remain objective and impartial.

image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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