Openings set to start in trial of bin Laden kin

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In this courtroom sketch, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, left, listens as U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan stands to speak Monday, March 3, 2014 during jury selection at the start of Abu Ghaith's trial in New York on charges that he conspired to kill Americans and support terrorists in his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks. Abu Ghaith is Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and is the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11 attacks. Seated next to Abu Ghaith is a translater, next to defense attorney Stanley Cohen, right. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
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In this courtroom sketch, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, left, listens as U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan stands to speak Monday, March 3, 2014 during jury selection at the start of Abu Ghaith's trial in New York on charges that he conspired to kill Americans and support terrorists in his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks. Abu Ghaith is Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and is the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11 attacks. Seated next to Abu Ghaith is a translater, next to defense attorney Stanley Cohen, right. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements are expected to start in the New York trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law on charges he conspired to kill Americans after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The openings are likely to start mid-morning Wednesday after the jury is selected for the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith. Abu Ghaith was brought to the United States last year after the onetime imam at a Kuwaiti mosque was captured in Turkey.

Prosecutors say he used his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the 2001 attacks to announce in videos with bin Laden that more attacks on the United States would be as devastating as those that downed the World Trade Center. He has pleaded not guilty.

The Kuwaiti-born Abu Ghaith is married to bin Laden's eldest daughter, Fatima.

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