Ghislaine Maxwell adds attorney who represented one of Osama bin Laden’s henchmen to her legal team as she faces trial on child sex trafficking charges
- Ghislaine Maxwell has reportedly added Bobbi Sternheim to her legal team
- Maxwell, 58, is in jail in Brooklyn awaiting trial next year for sex trafficking
- Sternheim represented Khaled al-Fawwaz, sentenced to life in 2015 for terrorism
- Al-Fawwaz was found guilty of plotting the 1998 Kenya and Tanzania bombings
- She also represented Minh Quang Pham, sentenced in 2016 to 40 years
- Pham was charged with plotting a suicide attack on London’s Heathrow airport
Ghislaine Maxwell has hired a New York-based lawyer who previously represented one of Osama bin Laden’s henchmen, as she seeks to bolster her team ahead of her sex trafficking trial next year.
Bobbi Sternheim is described on the website of her law firm, Fasulo Braverman & Di Maggio, as a ‘recognized leader’ in ‘litigating difficult and complex cases’.
They say she holds Top Secret/SCI Clearance and has tried international organized crime and racketeering conspiracies, international terrorism offenses, international telemarketing fraud, capital murder, and interstate transport of pornographic media.
Bobbi Sternheim has been hired by Ghislaine Maxwell to help her defense in next year’s trial
Sternheim has made a name for herself representing a series of Al Qaida terrorists
Among her most famous clients is Khaled al-Fawwaz, described by prosecutors as ‘a top al-Qaida terrorist’.
She represented him during his 2015 trial on charges of conspiracy resulting in twin embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998, which killed 224 people.
Manhattan prosecutors said that al-Fawwaz ‘worked for years, directly and personally for Osama bin Laden. … The defendant helped Osama bin Laden declare his bloody war on Americans.’
Al-Fawwaz was sentenced to life in prison.
Maxwell, pictured with her late pedophile ex Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested this summer
Maxwell, seen in July during her videoconference arraignment, is being held in jail
Charges against Maxwell were unsealed on July 2 by New York prosecutors
Sternheim, the former head of New York Women’s Bar Association, also took on another high profile case involving a Vietnamese man who U.S. authorities say was instructed by a top figure with al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate to carry out a suicide attack at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Minh Quang Pham, 33, was sentenced by a Manhattan judge to 40 years in March 2016, after pleading guilty to charges he provided material support to al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
Pham, a graphic artist who left behind a pregnant wife in Britain to travel to Yemen in 2010, admitted he helped prepare the Islamist militant group’s online propaganda magazine, Inspire, and received military-type training.
Prosecutors said Pham was trained on how to carry out the suicide attack on Heathrow by Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric who became a leader in the group. Al-Awlaki was killed in a September 2011 U.S. drone attack.
Maxwell, 58, is currently in jail awaiting trial on grooming and abuse charges, which she denies, after being arrested in the US in July.
Papers filed at New York’s Southern District Court, obtained by The Daily Mirror, said Sternheim ‘hereby appears as counsel for defendant Ghislaine Maxwell’.