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How police and FBI tracked and captured bin Laden's son-in-law

For more than a decade, one FBI agent and a New York police detective investigated Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, who was a spokesman for al Qaeda. Ghaith is currently on trial in New York for conspiring to kill Americans. 

By By Mark HosenballReuters / March 9, 2013

In this courtroom drawing, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, (c.), listens to a tranlator, as his federal defender, (l.), speaks in US federal court Friday, in New York. Through his lawyer, Abu Ghaith pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida's top spokesman.

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US investigators tracked Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, for about 10 years before he was detained in Jordan and brought by the FBI to New York City in the past few days, US officials familiar with the investigation said.

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An FBI agent and a New York police detective together spent more than a decade investigating Abu Ghaith, not only for his role as a spokesman for al Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington but for activities they believed he was involved in before 2001, said one official.

On Friday, Abu Ghaith pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to kill Americans, becoming one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to face trial in the United States for crimes connected to the Sept. 11 attacks.

He was captured on Feb. 28 and brought secretly to the United States on March 1, prosecutors said in court. Law enforcement sources say he was detained in Jordan by local authorities and the FBI after was believed to have been expelled from Turkey.

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