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Trial of Four Terror Suspects Begins

Opening arguments in the first terrorism-related trial of suspects apprehended after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks began today with widely divergent descriptions of the four defendants and the behavior that brought them to government attention. The government alleges the four defendants conspired to obtain weapons, secure fake identification for religious zealots and blow up U.S. targets. It says audiotapes found in their apartment show their religious fanaticism and a videotape located there represents the fruits of a scouting mission for a terrorist attack. “This is not a case about young Arab males coming to live the American dream,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard G. Convertino. That statement was met with biting sarcasm by defense attorneys. They said their clients — Farouk ali-Haimoud, Ahmed Hannan, Karim Koubriti and alleged ringleader Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi — were on trial because the government had twisted innocent actions into something much more sinister. Full Story

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