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3 Charged in Plotting Chemical Weapon

Three men arrested last fall on suspicion of terrorism were charged Wednesday with plotting to produce a chemical weapon. Rabah Kadre, 35, Mouloud Sihali, 26 and 30-year-old David Aissa Khalef appeared in court only to confirm their names, ages and addresses during a 20-minute hearing. They face charges of conspiring to develop the weapon between Jan. 1, 2002 and Jan. 20, 2003. The police charge sheet alleges they conspired with eight men, reportedly all from North Africa, who were arrested after police discovered traces of the deadly poison ricin in a north London apartment on Jan. 5. The eight also have been charged with chemical-weapons offenses. Ricin, which is derived from the castor bean plant, can kill within days. There is no antidote or treatment. Kadre, of no fixed address, was arrested amid media speculation about a planned gas attack on the London subway. Government officials and the suspects’ lawyers denied the reports. Full Story

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