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Millennium Bomb Plotter Faces Sentencing Delay

Prosecutors want to delay sentencing an Algerian man convicted of plotting to blow up Los Angeles airport to increase pressure on him because he is becoming reluctant to testify in other cases, according to court papers made public on Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney in Seattle, noting that Ahmed Ressam had stopped cooperating despite a deal promising a lesser sentence, asked U.S. District Judge John Coughenour to push back a March 13 sentencing hearing, the latest of several delays. Ressam has implicated several suspected terrorists, including his co-conspirators, and could provide valuable information about militant al Qaeda members he met in Afghanistan, according to the filing. “…if there are future terrorist acts attempted against U.S. interests here or abroad, Ressam may well know the perpetrators of these acts from the Afghan training camps,” prosecutors argued. Full Story

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