NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for acting as al Qaeda‘s spokesman after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
“You continue to threaten,” the judge said. “You sir, in my assessment, still want to do everything you can to carry out al Qaeda’s agenda of killing Americans.”
Abu Ghaith was the highest-ranking al Qaeda figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the attacks. The Kuwaiti cleric became the voice of al Qaeda recruitment videotapes after the 2001 attacks. He testified at trial that his role was strictly religious.
Defense attorney Stanley Cohen asked the judge to impose a 15-year sentence. A prosecutor called for life in prison.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, Abu Ghaith told the judge “I will not ask for mercy of anyone but Allah.”
“As you are shackling my hands and intending to burying me alive, you are at the same time unleashing the hands of hundreds of Muslim youths who will soon join the ranks of the free man,” he added.