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Yemeni-American Pleads Not Guilty to U.S. Charge

A spokesman for the families of six Yemeni-American men who admitted attending a military-style al Qaeda training camp pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges he illegally sent millions of dollars to Yemen from his Buffalo, New York, cigarette and candy store. Mohammed Albanna, 51, and three other men were indicted last week by U.S. prosecutors on charges that superseded those in December 2002 that accused them of sending money to Yemen, a country the U.S. suspects is a base for Islamic militants. The recipients of the money were not identified, but prosecutors said the operation broke the USA Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that requires money-transmitting companies with overseas business to register with the U.S. government. Full Story

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