Senior Al-Qaida leader pleads not guilty to charges of conspiring to kill Americans

Spokesman praised 9/11 attacks and warned of more

NEW YORK - Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, a senior al-Qaida leader, has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to kill Americans in his role as spokesman of the terror network.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith entered the plea through a lawyer in federal court in New York on Friday.

Prosecutors say Abu Ghaith praised the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and warned there would be more.

Abu Ghaith was born in Kuwait. Authorities say he was captured in Jordan over the last week.

Prosecutors say Abu Ghaith gave an extensive statement to US officials after his arrest overseas.

President Barack Obama's administration has sought to charge senior al-Qaida suspects in American federal courts instead of military tribunals, but Republicans in Congress don't want high-threat terror suspects brought into the United States.