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Criminal Law Keyed to Ohlin
United States v. Abu Ghayth
Citation:17 F. Supp. 3d 289 (2014)
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The defendant was a spokesman for Usama bin Laden and al Qaeda in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The defendant became involved with al Qaeda in the summer of 2001, after the 1998 Embassy bombings and the 2000 attack on the U.S.S. COLE, but before September 11, 2001. At trial, the defendant admitted that he met with bin Laden six or seven times during the summer of 2001, and knew that he was believed to be responsible for the Embassy bombings and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole. He admitted that he agreed to help him as a religious scholar and orator. He gave speeches to groups of men at al Qaeda training camps.
After the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks occurred four days later, the defendant went to bin Laden’s hideout and the defendant made a video in which he justified and praised the September 11 attacks. Following that video, the defendant appeared as a spokesperson in three more videos that contained language threatening the United States with a “storm of airplanes” and that “the storms shall not stop.”
In 2013, he was arrested and indicted for conspiring to kill U.S. nationals based on what he said in the videos. A jury found him guilty.
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