NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors want a man, who was convicted in a failed 2001 shoe bomb plot, to testify at the July sentencing of two British citizens who pleaded guilty to supporting terrorists through websites.
Prosecutors said the man is expected to testify that Babar Ahmad sent him to Afghanistan to train for violent jihad and that he ultimately moved on from Ahmad and came under the mentorship and training of al-Qaida members who prepared him for the plot to bring down an airplane.
Prosecutors didn't name the man they want to testify, but his description matches that of Saajid Badat, who was convicted in London in a plot to down an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his shoes.
Ahmad's attorneys object to the testimony.
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