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Doubts are cast on prosecution in terror case

Five days before the federal government unveiled the first indictments alleging the operation of a terrorist cell after the 9/11 attacks, a top-ranking Justice Department official offered his assessment of the case against four Arab men in Detroit. “Somewhat aggressive but worth pursuing,” David Nahmias, the criminal division counsel, wrote in an August 2002 e-mail to 10 senior Justice Department officials in Washington and Detroit. That statement foreshadowed the doubts and problems that have since dogged the historic trial. Two defendants – Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi and Karim Koubriti – were convicted of providing material support or resources to terrorists, a verdict hailed by the Bush administration as a major victory in the war on terror. One defendant, Ahmed Hannan, was convicted of document fraud. Another, Farouk Ali-Haimoud, was acquitted. Full Story

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