NEW YORK (March 8, 2013)--Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a senior al-Qaeda leader and the son-in-law of slain terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, pleaded not guilty Friday to plotting against Americans in his role as the terrorist network's spokesman.
Abu Ghaith entered the plea through a lawyer to one count of conspiracy to kill Americans Friday in U.S. District Court in New York.
Prosecutors say Abu Ghaith praised the 9/11 attacks and warned there would be more.
Abu Ghaith was born in Kuwait.
Authorities say he was captured in Jordan over the last week.
President Barack Obama's administration has sought to charge senior al-Qaeda suspects in American federal courts instead of military tribunals, but Republicans in Congress don't want high-threat terrorism suspects brought into the United States.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, says Abu Ghaith should be held in Guantanamo.
“Rather than issuing doomsday predictions about sequestration, the president should be notifying Congress that he’s planning a U.S. civilian court trial for a terrorist who took credit for 9/11 and is on video threatening to blow up more U.S. buildings and planes,” he said Friday.
“The President may not like it, but the fact remains—Gitmo is still up and running. And as long as it is, it’s the only place where we should be detaining America’s most dangerous enemy combatants—period,” he said.