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Terror trial key witness fears for life

Youssef Hmimssa says he’s a marked man for testifying for the government against four north Africans in a Detroit terrorism trial. “When I get out, I’m a dead man,” Hmimssa, 32, of Morocco said about his eventual release from prison. Hmimssa, an illegal immigrant who likely will be deported after serving a prison sentence for credit card and document fraud, said there’s nowhere he can go that revenge-seeking terrorists can’t find him. He said his life already is in jeopardy. He rides to and from U.S. District Court every day accompanied by 16 U.S. marshals and wears a bulletproof vest. Hmimssa spent the fifth day on the witness stand Tuesday and the third day being cross-examined by defense lawyers who relentlessly probed for inconsistencies in his story. They say he’s a chronic liar. Hmimssa has remained steadfast that the four defendants were part of a terrorist sleeper cell that planned to recruit, train and arm Islamic extremists to commit terrorism. He says the group needed his skills to raise money and supply false identity papers. Full Story

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