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Alleged sleeper agent appears in US criminal court

Alleged sleeper agent appears in US criminal court

An alleged al-Qaida sleeper agent has appeared in a U.S. criminal court for the first time in more than five years.
Ali al-Marri on Tuesday answered affirmatively when a federal magistrate asked the 43-year-old Qatar native whether he understood the charges against him.
Al-Marri is expected to be transferred to Illinois to face charges of providing material support to terror and conspiracy. He first is to appear again in Charleston federal court on March 18 for a detention hearing.
He was studying at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., when he was arrested in 2001 during an investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The government has said al-Marri met with Osama bin Laden and volunteered for a suicide mission. He arrived in the U.S. the day before the attacks.


Updated : 2021-03-07 20:11 GMT+08:00