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Five convicted of conspiracy to attack U.S. base

Five men were convicted on Monday of conspiracy to kill U.S. soldiers in a planned attack on an Army base in New Jersey that prosecutors described as a bid to wage Islamist holy war against America.

The U.S. attorney said he would seek life sentences for the five foreign-born defendants, who were also found not guilty on charges of attempted murder after an eight-week trial.

Prosecutors had told the court the defendants were inspired by al Qaeda. Defence attorneys had argued that while the men talked the talk of militancy, it was all bravado and they had no real intention of carrying out the attack on Fort Dix army base, which was never executed.

Family members and defence lawyers said they believed the verdicts were influenced by suspicion of Muslims since the September 11 al Qaeda attacks.

The defendants, all born outside the United States, are ethnic Albanian brothers Shai


Added: Dec-23-2008 Occurred On: Dec-23-2008
By: chico_time
Middle East
Tags: conspiracy, attack, U.S,
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