US seeks to use letters from bin Laden raid at terror trial

December 15, 2014 20:30

NEW YORK - US prosecutors have asked a federal judge to allow them to use documents seized during the 2011 military raid that killed Osama bin Laden at the January trial of suspected al Qaeda figure Abu Anas al-Liby.

In papers filed on Friday in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said that six letters, written in 2010 and 2011 when bin Laden was "the most wanted man in the world," were "critically important evidence" of al-Liby's alleged role in al-Qaida conspiracies to kill Americans.

"I ask God to reunite me with you soon under the banner of Islam and the Islamic state and the banner of jihad," al-Liby wrote bin Laden in one letter in October 2010, according to a government motion.

Bernard Kleinman, al-Liby's lawyer, said he would oppose the government's request.

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