Washington's budget cuts threaten to stall Bin Laden son-in-law trial
US Senator Kelly Ayotte talks about a photo of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (L) during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI)
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Budget cuts imposed on the trial of Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, will mean that the case is halted until some time next year, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
Washington's federal budget squeeze has meant lawyers at the trial of Abu Ghaith must go on at least six weeks of unpaid leave.
At a hearing in New York, Abu Ghaith's attorney, Martin Cohen, said it would be "very difficult" to ready the case for the original date of September and instead suggested January as the new trial start date.