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Witness's Credibility Assailed at Terrorism Trial

Defense attorneys today attacked the credibility of the government’s star witness against four men on trial here for providing support to terrorists, highlighting Youssef Hmimssa’s past credit card scams and use of aliases. The lawyers tried to paint Hmimssa, an illegal immigrant from Morocco, as trying to get a shorter sentence on fraud charges he pleaded guilty to last week in exchange for his cooperation. They said he was concocting stories about the men, three of whom were once his roommates. The defendants — Farouk Ali-Haimoud, Karim Koubriti, Ahmed Hannan and Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi — face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of charges that include providing substantial aid to terrorists. Prosecutors have presented witnesses, including former roommates, co-workers, Turkish officials and FBI agents in their attempt to convince a jury that the four defendants conspired to obtain weapons and help other religious zealots blow up U.S. targets. Full Story

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