A week after Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was convicted in a Manhattan court, Attorney General Eric Holder says that shows terrorism trials can be held safely in New York City.
"Before a jury of New Yorkers and in full view of many of those who lost loved ones in the attack, the verdict has proven beyond any doubt that proceedings such as these can safely occur in the city," Holder said.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was found guilty last week of conspiring to kill Americans. Prosecutors also alleged that Abu Ghaith served as al-Qaeda's spokesman after the September 11th attacks.
The decision to try Abu Ghaith in lower Manhattan drew many critics, but Holder resisted pressure to move the trial to a military tribunal.
"While our military courts remain an appropriate venue in certain circumstances, decisions on how best to seek convictions against terrorism defendants must always be based on prosecutorial considerations," he said.
Despite Holder's defense of the trials in New York, he said confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will not be tried in civilian court. He said the decision had been made to try Mohammed at a military tribunal and that decision will not be revisited.
Holder initially wanted to put Mohammed on trial in lower Manhattan, but reversed that decision after an outcry from lawmakers and the public.
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