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Life term for bin Laden relative

A New York judge has sentenced Osama bin Laden's son-in-law to life in prison after he was convicted of terror offences.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was sentenced by Judge Lewis Kaplan after he was found guilty in March on charges he conspired to kill Americans in his role as a spokesman for al-Qaida.

The Kuwaiti imam became the voice of al-Qaida recruitment videotapes after the September 11 attacks in 2001. He warned in one that "the storm of planes" would not stop.

Abu Ghaith testified at the trial that his role was strictly religious.

Defense attorney Stanley Cohen had asked the judge to impose a 15-year sentence. A prosecutor called for life in prison.

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