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Inquiries Begun Into Handling of Detroit Terror Cases

Eight months after Attorney General John Ashcroft hailed the government’s partial victory in a trial against an accused terror cell based in Detroit, the convictions of three men are in doubt amid growing turmoil within the offices of the federal prosecutor and the F.B.I. here. In recent weeks, both the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have begun inquiries into the handling of terrorism-related cases in the region. The prosecutor in the most prominent case has been removed, and the head of the F.B.I.’s office in Detroit has been temporarily recalled to Washington. The developments were reported this week by The Detroit News. The names of government informants have also been leaked to the news media. One informant, an Arab man in his 30’s, said in a recent interview with The New York Times that the prosecutor’s office had clashed with the F.B.I. over how he was used and that he feared for his life after his name had been leaked. Officials said the F.B.I. was investigating the handling of the informant and possible misconduct by an agent. Full Story

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