Abdel Abdul Bary’s lawyers say in order for him to receive a fair trial in New York, sensational references to terrorism must be eliminated from his case.
But that was before his son was named in reports by British newspapers as among those being looked at by investigators in the beheading of journalist James Foley.
Abu Anas al-Libi, who is also facing terrorism charges in N.Y. in connection with the 1998 bombings, had been free until he was nabbed in Libya last year. Bary's lawyers want separate trials.
They warned that no amount of instructions to a jury “can erase from the minds of jurors the acts of Muslim-associated terrorism that took place” while Bary was detained and al-Libi was free.
“In the charged atmosphere of post 9/11 New York, in the shadow of the New Freedom Tower that by its grace only serves to highlight the absence of the twin towers, Mr. Bary would be substantially prejudiced by a joint trial” with al-Libi, the lawyers said.Tough luck.
Now his son- 24-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary- is being investigated for beheading James Foley. But Foley isn't his first one.
Earlier this year, he posted a picture of himself holding a severed head on Twitter after resurfacing in Syria, the Independent newspaper reported.
He had captioned the picture with: “Chillin' with my other homie, or what's left of him.”
His father was a lawyer-cum-terrorist, he lived in his parent's $1.7 million London home in affluent Maida Vale (though in his music he talks about his early life living in council flats), and he winds up fighting in Syria with some of the most barbaric Muslim militants the world has seen- ISIS.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as they say.
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