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Lawyers ask feds for more evidence in terrorist trial

Defense lawyers in the terrorism trial that starts next Tuesday here asked the government to turn over evidence connected to its star witness. Lawyers for four men accused of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists want the government to provide more information about Youssef Hmimssa. In a court filing made public Monday, the lawyers say Hmimssa has at least eight pseudonyms. Farouk Ali-Haimoud, 22, Ahmed Hannan, 34, Karim Koubriti, 24, and Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi, 37, are accused of running a sleeper combat cell in Metro Detroit that planned to support terrorist attacks. The defense motion asks U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen to order the government to disclose all physical evidence seized from Hmimssa, who was arrested Sept. 28 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In the filing, the defense attorneys offer evidence in support of a defense theory that Hmimssa — and not the men arrested at the apartment on Norman Street — was responsible for the fraudulent immigration documents discovered in the apartment. Full Story

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