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Man In Terror Case Allegedly Related To Osama Bin Laden May Be Wrong Man: Defense

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SULAIMAN ABU GHAITH
UNSPECIFIED:This frame grab from the Saudi-owned television network MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) shows Suleiman Abu Ghaith, the spokesman of alleged terror mastermind Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, claiming responsibility for the September 11 suicide attacks in the United States in an undated videotape broadcast by the Dubai-based MBC 17 April 2002. Bin laden hailed the economic losses suffered by the US as a result of the attacks on Washington and New York in the same tape which w | - via Getty Images

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has set a hearing for Friday after a defense lawyer claimed the suspect prosecutors say was both a relative of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida's spokesman after Sept. 11 might be the wrong man.

Judge Lewis Kaplan scheduled a hearing after claims were made Wednesday on behalf of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH).

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 after 9/11. Prosecutors did not immediately return a message for comment.

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