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Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Judge to allow convicted terrorist testimony in terror trial of Somali immigrant

COLUMBUS, Ohio: A federal judge will allow a Somali immigrant accused of plotting to blow up a shopping mall in Ohio to call a convicted terrorist as a witness in his case.

A lawyer for Nuradin Abdi has said that lyman Faris, serving 20 years in a maximum-security prison for a plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, will testify in a trial beginning in August that Abdi's statements represented only anger toward U.S. foreign policy, not conspiracy with terrorists.

Prosecutors have said Abdi, 35, a Somali immigrant, wanted to bomb an Ohio shopping mall. The purported plot was never carried out.

Abdi is charged with conspiring to provide support to terrorists and specifically to al-Qaida, and with using false travel documents. He faces 80 years in prison if convicted.

The U.S. government's case against Abdi centers on a meeting prosecutors say Abdi, Faris and a third terror suspect, Christopher Paul, had at a coffee shop in August 2002. They say Abdi suggested at the meeting that the three "could attack the mall with a bomb," according to court documents.

The judge also will require prosecutors to produce the results of a lie detector test taken by Abdi.

Messages were left Monday seeking comment from Abdi's lawyer and a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Columbus.

Mr Bagel: So Nuradin Abdi wants to call a convicted terrorist to vouch that he wasn't really being serious when he said he wanted to blow up a Ohio Mall whilst chatting in a coffee shop in the company of two other suspected terrorists, one found guilty already.

Err I'm a little concerned the witness may have a little creditability problem? Pity Nuradin Abdi's attorney didn't think of calling him as a character witness at the same time.

Because we all know that people often fly on False Travel documents whilst intending on only innocent activities such as chatting to convicted terrorists about blowing up shopping malls over coffee.

IHT: Judge to allow convicted terrorist testimony in terror trial of Somali immigrant