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New trials for Yemeni, deputy

October 03, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A federal appeals court overturned the convictions of a Yemeni cleric and his deputy, finding they had been prejudiced by inflammatory testimony about unrelated terrorism links in a case the United States once touted as a victory in its war on terrorism.

The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals said Sheik Mohammed Ali Moayad and Mohammed Mohsen Zayed, convicted in Brooklyn in 2005 of supporting terrorists, can have new trials.

The three-judge panel took the unusual step of ordering the transfer of the case to a new judge.

The men were convicted of conspiring to support Hamas and Al Qaeda.

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