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Mistaken identity defense raised in US terror case

February 28, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer says the suspect whom prosecutors call a relative of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida’s spokesman after the 2001 terror attacks on the U.S. might be the wrong man.

New York Judge Lewis Kaplan scheduled a Friday hearing after claims were made Wednesday on behalf of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith.

Attorney Zoe Dolan wrote that the defense recently learned there may be a second person with a similar name as Abu Ghaith who is at Guantanamo Bay. Dolan says the government is believed to have information about the other individual.

A trial is scheduled to begin Monday for Abu Ghaith. He is charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida’s spokesman.

Prosecutors did not immediately return a message for comment.

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