Bin Laden’s Secretary Found Guilty
A man accused of being Osama Bin Laden’s media secretary has been sentenced to life in prison at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Ali Hamza al-Bahlul was found guilty of conspiring with al Qaeda, soliciting murder and providing material support for terrorism in a verdict announced on Monday.
The jury of nine U.S. military officers deliberated about four hours before reaching their verdict on Friday after a weeklong trial.
FBI interrogators swore that Bahlul made the videotaped wills of two September 11 hijackers and made a two-hour al Qaeda campaign commercial designed to recruit suicide bombers.
Bahlul, who was brought to the US facility on Cuba in 2002, had refused to present a defense during his trial, calling it an embarrassment.
Bahlul, about 40, of Yemen, had shown no remorse or regret for his as the guilty verdict was announced. But at his sentencing hearing, he defiantly admitted being a member of al-Qaeda.
The recruitment video was filled with bloody images of aggression against Muslims and portrayed the attack on the USS Cole as part of “The Solution.” It paid tribute to the suicide bombers who drove a boat full of explosives into the side of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden in 2000, killing 17 American sailors.