US wants shoe bomb plotter to testify

2014-02-17 22:21
The shoe bomb that was found on British citizen Richard C Reed aboard American Airlines Flight 63 in December 2001. (File, AFP)

The shoe bomb that was found on British citizen Richard C Reed aboard American Airlines Flight 63 in December 2001. (File, AFP)

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New Haven - Federal prosecutors want a man convicted in a failed 2001 shoe bomb plot to testify at the July sentencing of two British citizens who pleaded guilty in Connecticut to supporting terrorists through websites.

Prosecutors say the man is expected to testify that Babar Ahmad sent him to Afghanistan to train for violent jihad and that he ultimately moved on from Ahmad and came under the mentorship and training of al-Qaeda members who prepared him for the plot to bring down an aircrafy.

Prosecutors didn't name the man they want to testify, but his description matches that of Saajid Badat, who was convicted in London in a plot to down an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his shoes.

Ahmad's attorneys object to the testimony.

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