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Posted: 6/3/2003 9:05:40 AM EST
DETROIT (June 3) - A jury on Tuesday found two of four Arab immigrants guilty of conspiring to support Islamic extremists plotting attacks in the United States and the Middle East. One was acquitted of all charges, and the jury returned mixed verdicts on a fourth. Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi, 37, and Karim Koubriti, 24, were found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to terrorists and of conspiracy to engage in fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents. Ahmed Hannan, 34, was acquitted of conspiracy to support terrorism, and was found guilty of conspiracy to engage in fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents. Koubriti and Hannan were acquitted on two other fraud counts. Farouk Ali-Haimoud, 22, was acquitted of all charges. The case, which began with a raid on a Detroit apartment just six days after the Sept. 11 attacks, was seen as a test of the government's ability to prosecute terrorist ''sleeper'' cells. Prosecutors said the four men were working as part of a shadowy unidentified terrorist group. They said a videotape and sketches found in the raid showed potential targets were cased including Las Vegas and Disneyland, and military installations in Turkey and Jordan. Defense attorneys said their clients were victims of overzealous federal agents who relied on the lies of an admitted con man to build a flimsy case that didn't add up to terrorism. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen called the jurors into his courtroom and told them to keep deliberating after they asked what to do if they couldn't reach a verdict on some or all of the charges. Rosen told the jurors that it is typical to have difficulty reaching a verdict in a complex case such as this one. Ali-Haimoud is Algerian and the others are from Morocco. Prosecutors said their plot was hatched before they arrived in the United States in the late 1990s and 2000. AP-NY-06-03-03 1247EDT Copyright 2003 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
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They should have talked...
Link Posted: 6/3/2003 9:08:30 AM EST
A few more terrorists that wont be living in my hood. Glad to see that they finally found the tip of the iceberg.
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