Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Arrest And Prosecution Of Sulaiman Abu Ghayth

“I applaud the decision to prosecute Sulaiman Abu Ghayth in an Article III Federal Court, and I commend the work of our Nation’s dedicated law enforcement and intelligence officials who helped bring him to face justice.  Our Nation is proud of our courts, and we Americans are not afraid to prosecute terrorists in them. Federal prosecutors have had tremendous success in convicting al Qaeda terrorists, and I believe that they will be successful in this case as well.  In contrast, it is not clear whether a conspiracy case against Abu Ghayth could even be sustained in a military commission at Guantanamo Bay.  Sending another detainee to Guantanamo would have been a serious mistake, and it is clear to me that President Obama and his national security team made the right choice.”

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