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N.Y. Man Testifies He Met Bin Laden’s Son-In-Law While Training For Al Qaeda

on March 10, 2014

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A western New York man convicted of terrorism charges a decade ago testified Monday that he met Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law when he first arrived in Afghanistan intending to join al Qaeda.

Sahim Alwan, who was convicted and served about seven years in prison for providing material support to al Qaeda, said he had second thoughts about joining the terrorist organization after Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, bin Laden’s son-in-law and chief spokesman, said he would have to pledge his allegiance to the late al Qaeda boss and also the leader of the Taliban.

Alwan testified that he told his al Qaeda trainer, “I’m not swearing allegiance to anybody,” WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.

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Alwan, who is from Lackawanna, N.Y., a Buffalo suburb, said he spent…

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