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4 US men plead not guilty in terror case

2012-12-20 09:21

Riverside - Four men charged with plotting to kill Americans by aiding terrorists in Afghanistan have pleaded not guilty to a conspiracy count in a US court.

A federal judge in Riverside, California, set a 6 August trial date for the men after they made their first joint appearance in court on Wednesday.

Three of the men - Ralph Deleon, Arifeen Gojail and Miguel Santana Vidriales - previously pleaded guilty. But they had to re-enter their pleas when prosecutors added to the indictment a Southern California man suspected of being the ringleader of the plot.

The government accuses Sohiel Omar Kabir of Pomona of inviting his co-defendants to visit his native Afghanistan and meet with terrorists. Gojali, Deleon and Santana were arrested the day they were suspected of leaving to meet Kabir in Afghanistan.