LOWER MANHATTAN (PIX11) – The conviction of Osama Bin Laden’s brother-in-law was decisive as a jury found Sulaiman Abu Ghayth guilty on all counts.
Yet, his Manhattan based defense attorney, Stanley Cohen, didn’t feel that his client was treated fairly by the America judicial system, “If you’re going to prosecute people for the most serious of offenses and jail people for their lives, they have a right to have their cases tried publicly, openly and fairly.”
Abu Ghaith preached hatred towards the U. S. in several videos as a recruiting tool for al-Qaida hoping to inspire future terrorists. When PIX 11 News asked if his client felt optimistic during the last few days, while the jury was out deliberating, Cohen said his client has been optimistic since the age of five. He then added that, “He never expected that he would get a fair and full trial in the United States.”
In fact, Cohen described the judicial process for Abu Ghayth as one that was filled with obstacles from the get go, “From the very beginning, this case was wrapped in a shroud of secrecy and an inability to get access to people.”
Additionally, it was one that was connected to the attacks of 9/11. The attacks occurred ten blocks from where Cohen held a news conference with the media at the same time the Feds sent out statements touting the guilty on all counts verdict. Cohen hammered the Government for 9/11 references although prosecutors proved that on the day of the attacks, Abu Ghayth was in communication with Osama Bin Laden to start touting Al Qaeda as its spokesman, “The government opened with 74 references to 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden. They closed with 167 references to Osama Bin Laden and 9/11. During the cross examination of Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, you saw a ten minute video of the World Trade Center on fire. I think that pretty much answers that question.”
Cohen says they plan to appeal.