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    Three Plead Not Guilty to New NY Terror Indictment Friday 17 February 2006 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021806F.shtml New York - A New York jazz musician,
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      Three Plead Not Guilty to New NY Terror Indictment
      Friday 17 February 2006
      http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021806F.shtml


      New York - A New York jazz musician, a Florida doctor and a
      Maryland medic pleaded not guilty on Friday to a new indictment in an
      expanding probe of support for terrorism that stems from an FBI sting
      operation.

      Lawyers for the three men complained about their prison conditions
      during the hearing in Manhattan federal court.

      The three Muslim men, Tarik Shah, 43, Rafiq Sabir, 51, and Mahmud
      Faruq Brent, 31, prayed with relatives and supporters before pleading
      not guilty of conspiring to aid terrorist organizations in the Middle
      East between 2001 and 2005.

      A fourth defendant, Brooklyn bookstore owner Abdulrahman Farhane,
      51, also appeared after pleading not guilty last week to the new
      indictment, which accuses him of introducing Shah to an FBI informant
      and agreeing to help transfer funds to buy weapons for use by jihad
      fighters in Afghanistan and Chechnya.

      Sabir's lawyer, Edward Wilford, told the hearing he planned to
      file a motion on behalf of all the defendants seeking to release them
      from solitary confinement, where he said they were being held inside
      24 hours a day under prison lights.

      Farhane's lawyer, Michael Hueston, said his client was not allowed
      to shower for three days after he was denied bail and jailed last week.

      After the hearing, Shah's lawyer, Anthony Ricco, said it did not
      make sense for the government to argue such defendants were held in
      solitary for their own protection when they could be put into the
      general jail population upon conviction.

      "We are very concerned about men who have never been in jail
      before being held in conditions designed to punish," he said.

      Much of the evidence in the case comes from tapes of conversations
      between the defendants and the main FBI informant in the case, Mohamed
      Alanssi. Alanssi set himself on fire in front of the White House in
      November, 2004, before he was due to testify in a separate terrorism
      trial.

      Shah has already been accused of agreeing to provide martial arts
      training to al Qaeda members while Sabir is accused of agreeing to
      give medical help to wounded al Qaeda fighters.

      Brent attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan run by the
      militant Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to the indictment.

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