Prosecutor: Al-Qaida recruited bin Laden relative

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was recruited to be al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks and send a message that the United States got what it deserved.

The assertion came Monday at the start of closing arguments at the New York City trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH).

The defense is to give its closing argument later Monday.

Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans. His attorneys say Abu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti imam, never swore allegiance to al-Qaida and that his role was strictly religious.

If convicted, he faces life in prison.

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