Shoe-bomb witness to speak at al-Qaeda trial

Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support and resources to al-Qaeda.

    Prosecutors say Abu Ghaith conspired to kill Americans [Reuters]
    Prosecutors say Abu Ghaith conspired to kill Americans [Reuters]

    The New York trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and al-Qaeda spokesman after the September 11 attacks is set to resume with the airing of testimony from a London resident who says he participated in a 2001 shoe-bomb plot.

    Saajid Badat will testify live via videotape on Monday from London about his experiences with al-Qaeda after the attacks that demolished the World Trade Center, according to an Associated Press news agency report.

    Prosecutors are using his testimony to show that Suleiman Abu Ghaith knew of al-Qaeda's plans when he promised in videotapes aired worldwide that "the storm of airplanes will not abate."

    Abu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti, faces a possible life prison sentence if he is convicted of conspiring to kill Americans and of providing material support to al-Qaeda.

    Badat was convicted in London in the shoe-bomb plot, along with Richard Reid, the man who became known as the shoe bomber after his attempt to detonate explosives on a flight to Miami in 2002.

    Reid, a Briton, pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in a US court. Badat did not follow through with the plan but was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the plot.

    SOURCE: AP


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