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Why Republicans want a military trial for Osama bin Laden's son in law (+video)

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(Read caption) Osama bin Laden's son, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, was hiding in Iran and now faces trial in US.
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UPDATED: 11:15 a.m.

Some Republicans are livid that Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, is facing a civilian trial – instead of a military trial.

They see this as a political move intended to build a case for closing the US military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba. President Barack Obama has said that he wants more foreign terror suspects charged in American federal courts, not in military tribunals at Guantanamo.

Abu Ghaith pleaded 'not guilty' in an arraignment in New York City Friday morning. His trial will be a high-profile case, a rare prosecution of a senior Al Qaeda leader in under US civil law. 

But Republicans don't want foreign terrorists tried on US soil. They say the legal precedent has been set for "enemy combatants" to be tried at Guantanamo Bay. They are concerned that giving Abu Ghaith a civilian trial will result in lost intelligence.


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