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US man accused in terror plot seeks trial delay

US man accused in terror plot seeks trial delay

Lawyers for an American charged with providing support to al-Qaida are asking for a delay in his trial, saying they feel "sandbagged" by prosecutors.
Tarek Mehanna is accused in a 2010 indictment of conspiring to kill American troops in Iraq. His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 3.
During a court hearing Wednesday, Mehanna's lawyers said prosecutors have repeatedly promised to turn over evidence but haven't done so in time for them to get ready for trial.
Prosecutors say they've turned over large amounts of evidence. They say recent material they've turned over isn't new; it's just older material in a more usable format.
The judge didn't immediately rule on the request to delay the trial's start. He scheduled another hearing for Sept. 15.
Mehanna's lawyers say he watched movies, translated texts and talked with people about controversial topics inherent in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They say his speech was "at worst, political hyperbole."
Prosecutors, however, say Mehanna traveled to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp and supported terrorist groups by translating videos and textbooks intended to encourage others to participate in Muslim holy war, or jihad. They say that Mehanna, though unsuccessful in getting training in a camp, committed a crime by being part of a conspiracy to provide support to a terrorist organization.


Updated : 2021-08-03 05:07 GMT+08:00