NEW YORK - A senior al-Qaeda leader and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden pleaded not guilty Friday to plotting against Americans before and immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks in his role as the terror network's top spokesman.
Bearded and balding, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, captured in Jordan a week ago, was escorted into the heavily secured courtroom at the federal courthouse in Manhattan, where he entered the plea through a lawyer to one count of conspiracy to kill Americans. The case marks a legal victory for President Obama's administration.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Cronan revealed that Abu Ghaith gave an "extensive post-arrest statement" that totaled 22 pages after he was taken into custody overseas the night of Feb. 28 and arrived in the United States March 1. The prosecutor said nothing about the contents of Abu Ghaith's statement.