Opening statements at federal trial of Al Qaeda member in Brooklyn

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Monday, March 6, 2017

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN (WABC) -- Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in Downtown Brooklyn for an Al Qaeda operative accused of killing two American servicemen in Afghanistan.

Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun also had unsuccessful plans to bomb the American Embassy in Nigeria, authorities said.

The family of the two soldiers, killed in action in Afghanistan in 2003, are expected to attend the trial.

The suspect, also known as "Spin Ghul," was extradited to the U.S. in 2012 and has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan, the same high-security jail currently holding Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

"I am a warrior, and the war is not over," Harun said during a 2013 court appearance in Brooklyn, according to the court document.

The trial is being held with heavy security. Harun will watch on a video monitor due to his constant threats against the judge, prosecutors and court employees.