Remains of Sole Belgian Victim of World Trade Center Attack Are Identified

David W. Dunlap, New York Times  

Patrice Braut. Among the hundreds of nameless who repose next to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, there is now a name.

Remains of Mr. Braut, the only Belgian citizen to die at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, have been positively identified by the office of the chief medical examiner of New York City.

Paola Braut held a photograph of her son, Patrice, during a memorial service at the World Trade Center this year on September 11. CreditPool photo by Justin Lane

Paola Braut held a photograph of her son, Patrice, during a memorial service at the World Trade Center this year on September 11. CreditPool photo by Justin Lane

It is the first such identification since May, when 7,930 unidentified human remains were transferred to a repository adjoining the museum at bedrock, behind a wall bearing an inscription from Virgil: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”

In perfect theory, the repository will be empty one day, given future advances in forensic science. All of the remains will be connected to individuals, and the victims’ families will at least have the cold comfort of certainty. Read More »

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New ID of World Trade Center Victim

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OCME Announces New Identification from World Trade Center Disaster

- Patrice Braut is the 1,639th Person to Be Identified -

New York – The NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) today announced a new identification from the ongoing work to identify victims of the World Trade Center disaster in 2001.

The deceased has been identified as Patrice Braut, male, 31, a Belgian national. This identification was made through retesting of DNA reference samples of remains recovered during the original recovery effort from 2001 to 2002.

The number of identifications from the WTC disaster is now 1,639, out of 2,753 people reported missing.

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Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law sentenced to life in prison

Leigh Remizowski, CNN

New York — Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, said Jerika Richardson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

In March, he was found guilty of helping al Qaeda terrorists conspire to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorists.

“Justice has been served,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “This outcome ensures that Sulaiman Abu (Ghaith), a senior member of al Qaeda and an associate of Usama bin Laden, will never again set foot outside a prison cell.”

The life term was imposed by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. Authorities described Abu Ghaith as bin Laden’s “propaganda minister” and the “face and voice of al Qaeda in the days and weeks after the 9/11 attacks.” Read More »

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