Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was initially detained in Turkey but was taken into U.S. custody in Jordan while he was in the process of being deported to Kuwait, according to U.S. officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
Abu Ghaith would become the closest relative of bin Laden – who was killed two years ago by U.S. commandos in Pakistan – to face trial in an American court. Abu Ghaith, who married one of bin Laden’s daughters, appeared in videos that surfaced after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks celebrating the success of that terrorist plot and warning of additional strikes.
The case also marks a rare instance under the Obama administration in which a terrorism suspect has been captured and taken into U.S. custody.