US man in court for 'X-ray weapon'

2015-08-18 16:42

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Albany - A New York state man accused of trying to assemble a mobile X-ray device meant to kill people at a mosque and an Islamic centre is on trial in federal court.

Glendon Scott Crawford of Galway has pleaded not guilty to three charges, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. The trial began on Monday in Albany.

His attorney says Crawford was targeted in an elaborate FBI plot, that no crime otherwise existed and the device was harmless.

Eric Feight of Hudson was arrested in June 2013. He pleaded guilty six months later to providing material support to terrorists for building a remote control for the machine. His sentencing is scheduled for September.

US authorities say Crawford, who has been jailed since his arrest, initiated the plot.

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