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Chechen to Testify In Terrorism Case

A Chechen man who pleaded guilty this week to financial fraud now plans to discredit the star witness in the trial of four men on trial in federal court in Detroit for providing substantial support to terrorists. The man, Omar Shishani, 48, had been jailed for more than nine months as a suspected terrorist before reaching a plea agreement in which he admitted to possessing $12 million in fake checks. While in jail, Shishani was incarcerated with Youssef Hmimssa, a convicted credit card thief, who has provided the most damning testimony thus far against Karim Koubriti, Farouk Ali-Haimoud, Ahmed Hannan and Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi. Hmimssa had testified earlier in the trial that the four men are Muslim extremists who were trying to buy Stinger missiles and planning attacks in the United States and abroad that might have included shooting down airplanes and driving truck bombs into stadiums. But Shishani’s attorney, Corbett Edge O’Meara, said his client shared adjoining cells with Hmimssa in February and March and began to talk about the terror trial. Shishani asked Hmimssa if the defendants subscribed to a radical branch of Islam that advocates killing those who don’t conform to it. Full Story

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