NEW YORK (AP) — A man prosecutors claim is Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former al Qaida spokesman will go on trial next week, despite claims by his lawyers that the government may have the wrong man in the case.
Judge Lewis Kaplan denied a defense request on Friday to delay the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith. Jury selection is set to begin Monday in federal court in Manhattan. Attorney Zoe Dolan had written Thursday that the defense recently learned there may be a second person with a similar name held at Guantanamo Bay.
Defense attorneys believe the government has charged the wrong man in the case.
Prosecutors told the judge on Friday that the second person went by different names, and that Abu Ghaith is the right man.
Abu Ghaith is charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his alleged role as al-Qaida's spokesman.
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