– Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, captured as he sought to travel from Jordan to Kuwait, was due to be arraigned in New York on charges of conspiring to kill Americans.
The indictment against Suleiman Abu Ghaith was unsealed on Thursday, according to a statement by US Attorney-General Eric Holder.
The capture of Abu Ghaith, which came after a decade-long manhunt, was reported on Thursday by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
Mr Abu Ghaith allegedly helped plan al-Qaeda’s September 11, 2001, attacks in the US and has been among the group’s most influential surviving leaders since US Navy SEALs killed bin Laden in May 2011. Mr Holder called the apprehension of Mr Abu Ghaith an important milestone in counter-terrorism efforts. He is expected to be presented and arraigned on Friday at 10am US time before Judge Lewis Kaplan in the US District Court of New York.
Assistant director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York field office George Venizelos said Mr Abu Ghaith held a key position in al-Qaeda, comparable to the consigliere in a mob family.
Turkish authorities, acting on information from the CIA, first seized Mr Abu Ghaith more than a month ago at a hotel in Ankara, the Turkish capital, according to US congressional and intelligence officials.
A Turkish court subsequently rejected a US request for his extradition and released him on the grounds that he had not been charged with committing any crime in Turkey.
CIA officers located him after he arrived in Ankara with an Iranian passport and he asked Saudi Arabian diplomats to help his wife and children go to their country, US officials said. His wife is a Saudi citizen.
Mr Abu Ghaith was seized when he attempted to travel to Kuwait from Jordan, a country with close ties to the US, officials said – John Walcott


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