Shoe-bomb witness to speak from London at New York trial
by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press
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In this undated Photo provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, defendant Suliman Abu Ghayth, left, gestures toward al-Qaida founder Osama Bin Laden, in a room somewhere in Afghanistan. Abu Ghayth, Bin Laden’s son-in-law, is being tried in New York for plotting to kill Americans by being a motivational speaker at al-Qaida training camps before the Sept. 11 attacks. He was also a spokesman for the terror group after Sept. 11, 2001, when it sought to recruit more militants to its cause. (AP Photo/US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)
In this undated Photo provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, defendant Suliman Abu Ghayth, left, gestures toward al-Qaida founder Osama Bin Laden, in a room somewhere in Afghanistan. Abu Ghayth, Bin Laden’s son-in-law, is being tried in New York for plotting to kill Americans by being a motivational speaker at al-Qaida training camps before the Sept. 11 attacks. He was also a spokesman for the terror group after Sept. 11, 2001, when it sought to recruit more militants to its cause. (AP Photo/US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)
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In this undated Photo taken from video and provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, defendant Suliman Abu Ghayth, sits on the ground somewhere in Afghanistan. Abu Ghayth, is being tried in New York for plotting to kill Americans by being a motivational speaker at al-Qaida training camps before the Sept. 11 attacks and for serving as a spokesman for the terror group afterward. This photo was among the trial exhibits that the federal prosecutor showed the jury, sometimes repeatedly. (AP Photo/US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)
In this undated Photo taken from video and provided by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, defendant Suliman Abu Ghayth, sits on the ground somewhere in Afghanistan. Abu Ghayth, is being tried in New York for plotting to kill Americans by being a motivational speaker at al-Qaida training camps before the Sept. 11 attacks and for serving as a spokesman for the terror group afterward. This photo was among the trial exhibits that the federal prosecutor showed the jury, sometimes repeatedly. (AP Photo/US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York)
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NEW YORK (AP) — A British man who admits his role in a plot to use explosives hidden in shoes to blow up planes in 2001 is testifying by video at the trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law in New York.

Saajid Badat (Sah-GEED Bih-DAT) testified from London on Monday at the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH), al-Qaida's spokesman immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The 34-year-old United Kingdom resident said he was recruited in fall 2001 to blow up a plane on a domestic flight in America or a plane in Europe. He says he quit the plot in December 2001.

Immediately before Badat's testimony, prosecutors showed jurors videotape of Abu Ghaith warning Muslims in America and England not to board planes because he said the "storm of airplanes will not stop."

Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaida.



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