Friday, March 8, 2013
The al-Qaida spokesman who's facing terrorism charges in New York isn't saying much.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who's accused of conspiring to kill Americans in propaganda videos, pleaded not guilty Friday during a 15-minute hearing in U.S. District Court in lower Manhattan.
In court, the bearded and balding Abu Ghaith, who's the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, displayed none of the finger-wagging or strident orations that marked his videos.
Through an interpreter, Judge Lewis Kaplan asked whether the suspect understood his rights. He nodded and said, "Yes." Asked whether he had money to hire an attorney, he shook his head and said no. He nodded and said yes when asked whether he had signed an affidavit describing his financial situation.
Kaplan promised to set a trial date when the case returns to court on April 8. Bail was not requested, and none was set.
Some Republicans are criticizing the Obama administration for not sending Abu Ghaith to the Guantanamo military prison in Cuba.