Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, who was captured Thursday and brought to the United States, is scheduled to face charges in a New York City courtroom Friday morning for trying to kill Americans.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith had served as a main spokesman for bin Laden, and was captured several days ago in Jordan, according to reports.
"No amount of distance or time will weaken our resolve to bring America's enemies to justice," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement Thursday. "To violent extremists who threaten the American people and seek to undermine our way of life, this arrest sends an unmistakable message: There is no corner of the world where you can escape from justice because we will do everything in our power to hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law."
Abu Ghaith, who has been described as the voice of al Qaeda, is charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, the Department of Justice announced.
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported that Abu Ghaith was seized in Ankara "after a tipoff" from the CIA and was held for 33 days. A Turkish court decided to release him because he had not committed a crime in Turkey. He was considered "stateless" because Kuwait had stripped him of his citizenship after he appeared in videos supporting the 9/11 attacks, the report said.
Abu Ghaith entered Turkey illegally from Iran, so he could be deported to Iran or another country, the report said. After Iran did not accept him, Turkey decided to send him to Kuwait through Jordan. The CIA captured Abu Ghaith when he was passing from Jordan into Kuwait, the newspaper said.
The decision to transport Abu Ghaith to New York rather than to a detention facility at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba has roused questions over the treatment of individuals accused of making war or plotting against the United States.
"Our policy is that we will prosecute whenever feasible in the national security interests of the United States," department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said in a statement. "In this case, the president's national security team examined this matter and unanimously agreed that prosecution of (Abu) Ghaith in federal court will best protect the national security interests of the United States."