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Sheik’s Trial Witness Says Fire Had a Message

In his second day on the witness stand, the prosecution’s former star informer in a terrorism financing case said yesterday that he had not planned to kill himself when he set himself on fire outside the White House in November. Instead, the witness, Mohamed Alanssi, acknowledged under questioning from defense lawyers who had called him that he was trying to draw attention to a dispute with the F.B.I. over his treatment. “I wanted to put the government and the world on notice,” he said. The defense lawyers for a Yemeni sheik and his aide who are charged with financing terrorist organizations focused on the fire at the White House in an effort to cast Mr. Alanssi as unstable. But on a day when courtroom spectators needed a playbook to figure out which lawyer was on which side of the case, a prosecutor, Kelly Moore, also focused on the White House fire. Full Story

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