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World Trade Center Bombing Convictions Upheld

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, seen now as a deadly warning of the landmark’s destruction eight years later. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, who is serving a life term for orchestrating the 1993 attack that killed six and injured more than 1,000 and for a second scheme to bomb a dozen U.S. passenger jets. Yousef is the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al Qaeda operative captured last month and identified by Washington as the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that killed about 3,000 people. The appeals panel, in its 186-page ruling, also affirmed the convictions of Yousef’s co-defendants, Eyad Ismoil, who drove the van in the twin towers attack, and Abdul Murad, who was involved in the airplane plot. Full Story

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