Nico Hines
Times Online

March 25, 2010

Osama bin Laden has warned that Americans would be killed in retaliation if a US court sentences Khaled Sheikh Mohammed to death, according to an audio recording broadcast today.

Mr Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of the September 11th attacks, is expected to stand trial in a civilian court in America next year. The Obama Administration has already indicated that the toughest sanction is likely to be imposed.

An audio message, apparently recorded by bin Laden, threatens to avenge his death by murdering US citizens who are taken hostage by al-Qaeda.

“The White House has declared its wish to execute [Mohammed]. The day the United States takes such a decision, it would be also taking the decision that any of you falling into our hands will be executed,” said the message broadcast by the al-Jazeera news channel.

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