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Terror cell case attorneys get to question ex-suspect

Attorneys for four men accused of providing material support to terrorists will be allowed to question an ex-terror suspect on Friday. Nabil al-Marabh, who once was suspected of having ties to Osama bin Laden, will be deposed in Detroit, officials said Tuesday. 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. On Sept. 17, 2001, FBI agents went to a flat in southwest Detroit to arrest Al-Marabh. Instead, the agents said they found Koubriti, Hannan and Ali-Haimoud with airport security badges, phony ID cards, passports, at least 28 passport-sized photographs and a videotape of Disneyland, the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas and other popular tourist destinations. The trial is set to begin Tuesday. Presiding U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen appointed Mark Kriger as al-Marabh’s lawyer. Kriger, citing a gag order that Rosen imposed, declined to comment. Full Story

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