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Video, Previously Excluded, Is Shown at Sheik’s Terror-Financing Trial

Last month, a Yemeni sheik facing terrorism-financing charges won an important ruling from a judge to keep out of his trial a videotape that the prosecutors claimed showed he had terrorist ties. But yesterday, because of a risky decision by defense lawyers, the judge, Sterling Johnson Jr., allowed the prosecutors to play the tape, of a mass wedding in Yemen at which the sheik, Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, played host. By midmorning in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, big video screens were filled with images of scores of young Yemeni men in flowered garb, carrying swords. Sheik Moayad seemed to be in charge. There were men with machine guns. There was talk of death. Full Story

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