NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – An American who trained at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan months before the Sept. 11 attacks has testified for the government in its conspiracy case against the terrorist group’s former spokesman.
The witness, Sahim Alwan, was called Thursday to testify against Sulaiman Abu Ghaith. Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans and conspiring to support al Qaeda.
Alwan pleaded guilty in 2003 to providing support to al Qaeda and served most of a nearly 10-year prison sentence. He says he was testifying Thursday because he was subpoenaed by the government.