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Bin Laden son-in-law’s lawyer is heading to prison

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Syracuse (US), Nov 22 (AP) An attorney for Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on tax charges.

Stanley Cohen was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Syracuse, New York, after pleading guilty to impeding the US tax agency and failing to file tax returns.

He has said a trial and any appeals would have been a “tremendous” financial burden and called the prosecution a witch hunt.

Prosecutors say Cohen filed no tax returns for six years, requested a filing extension each year and made modest payments toward taxes due.

In September, Cohen’s client Sulaiman Abu Ghaith received life in prison for acting as the voice of al-Qaida after the September 11 terror attacks. Cohen argued there was no evidence Abu Ghaith participated directly in terrorist plots.

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