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Video of ex-al-Qaida spokesman shown to NY jurors

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors at the New York trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law watched video of al-Qaida's leaders threaten America before and after the Sept. 11 attacks as the government launched its case against the terror group's one-time spokesman.

But the spectacle provided by prosecutors Wednesday as they introduced a jury to Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH) was dismissed by a defense lawyer as Hollywood-worthy theatrics.

Attorney Stanley Cohen said his client was not guilty of charges that he conspired to kill Americans after the Sept. 11 attacks and conspired to support al-Qaida.

Prosecutor Nicholas Lewin (LOO'-ihn) said in his opening statement that bin Laden turned to Abu Ghaith on the afternoon of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks because he thought the fiery Abu Ghaith could recruit new fighters with his oratory skills.

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