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Grand jury rejects New York synagogue terror entrapment case

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In a rare (albeit limited) triumph for justice, a grand jury rejected the top terrorism charge against Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh, two of the many Muslims entrapped by the FBI in manufactured terror plots since 9/11. According to a report in Haaretz:

“This is a political case, brought by political people, for their own political purposes,” Elizabeth Fink, a lawyer for Ferhani, said outside court.

Ferhani, who is unemployed, moved to the U.S. in 1995 from war-torn Algeria with his parents and claimed asylum, authorities said. He had been granted permanent resident status but is facing deportation.

Mamdouh, who is of Moroccan descent, immigrated with his family in 1999, officials said. His parents are now local business owners, a prior attorney said.

The defendants lived blocks away from each other in Queens.

“You will see that this case is bogus. … It’s total entrapment.” Fink said, adding that Ferhani’s intentions were “absolutely not” terrorism.

“The truth here is that our client has a significant psychological problem,” she said.

His lawyers didn’t specify the mental illness from which they said he suffered, but they said it was lifelong.

The defendants remain held without bail and are due back in court Sept. 20. They appeared in orange jail jumpsuits and said nothing except “not guilty,” during the brief hearing.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

June 16, 2011 at 7:13 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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