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Ujaama pleads guilty; Ashcroft hails deal

James Ujaama, the former Seattle man indicted last fall for conspiring to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon, pleaded guilty yesterday to a reduced charge, exchanging his help in the government’s anti-terrorism efforts for a lighter prison term. The deal went forward only after federal prosecutors in Seattle received the approval of top Justice Department officials in Washington, D.C. Ujaama’s continued cooperation will likely “lead to the arrest of additional terrorists and the disruption of future terrorist activity,” Attorney General John Ashcroft said yesterday. Ujaama had faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted of providing “training, facilities, computer services, safe houses and personnel” to al-Qaida and knowing that they were to be used “to murder and maim persons located outside the United States.” Prosecutors dropped that charge, which included allegations about the training camp, and a second firearms charge yesterday when Ujaama appeared before a U.S. District judge in Seattle. Full Story

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