Graham: Wrong, ‘sneaky’ to bring bin Laden son-in-law to New York

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill In Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2013, on the capture of Osama Bin Ladenís son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith , Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured by U.S. intelligence officials, officials said Thursday, in what a senior congressman called a "very significant victory" in the ongoing fight against al-Qaida. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte said the Obama administration is wrong to bring a recently captured son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida spokesmen to court in New York. They described the action as “sneaky” and against the will of Congress.

Graham said Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is clearly an enemy combatant and should have been sent straight to the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility in Cuba for extended questioning.

Graham and Ayotte said at hastily arranged news conference Thursday that they worry that the administration’s decision to have Abu Ghaith appear in a federal court in New York will establish a precedent. Ayotte said suspects like Abu Ghaith do not deserve the protections of U.S. courts. U.S. law enforcement officials on Thursday confirmed Abu Ghaith’s capture.

Associated Press