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Judge in Terror Trial Orders Hearing on Prosecutors

The judge in the first terror trial after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has ordered an emergency hearing Friday to determine why prosecutors did not turn over evidence that defense attorneys contend would have helped exonerate their clients. U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen said that anyone who has “knowledge of this matter, including, but not limited to, information as to why this evidence was not provided to defense counsel” should show up Friday. Attorneys for Karim Koubriti, Ahmed Hannan and Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi, all originally charged with terrorism-related offenses, had complained that prosecutors were stonewalling and failing to provide timely information. This week, attorneys said that prosecutors engaged in a “pattern of misconduct” and that the convictions should be voided. Elmardoudi and Koubriti were convicted of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and to fraudulently obtain documents such as government visas. Hannan was cleared of terrorism but convicted of engaging in document fraud. They face up to 20 years in prison. A fourth person, Farouk Ali-Haimoud, was acquitted. Full Story

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