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US jury convicts Bin Laden relative on terror charges

By AP Reporters

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the September 11 attacks, has been convicted of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group's spokesman.

Kuwaiti imam Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is the highest-ranking al Qaida figure to face trial on US soil since the attacks.

As the verdict was read, Abu Ghaith remained composed.

Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said: "He was more than just Osama bin Laden's propaganda minister.

"Within hours after the devastating 9/11 attacks, Abu Ghaith was using his position in al-Qaida's homicidal hierarchy to persuade others to pledge themselves to al-Qaida in the cause of murdering more Americans."

Defence lawyer Stanley Cohen emerged from court promising to appeal.

He said: "He was stoic. He was at ease. He has confidence this is not the end, but just the beginning."

Abu Ghaith had testified during a three-week trial that he answered bin Laden's request in the hours after the attacks to speak on the widely circulated videos used to recruit new followers willing to go on suicide missions like the 19 who hijacked four planes on September 11, 2001.

Sentencing was set for September 8. All of Abu Ghaith's charges carry a potential penalty of life in prison.

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