July 24, 1998 |
A Palestinian who testified against the advice of his lawyers and said he wanted to kill as many Jews "as I could take" was convicted of plotting to blow up a busy subway station. Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, who faces life in prison, jumped to his feet after the verdict was read and shouted "Allahu Akbar (God is great)!" as he held up the Koran, the Muslim holy book. The federal jury in New York City acquitted a second Palestinian, Lafi Khalil, of plotting the suicide-bombing.
June 27, 1998 |
Four Pakistanis suspected of being members of an extremist group involved in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York have been arrested here, a newspaper reported today. The Nation, an English-language paper, said the four were seized in a raid on an apartment by Thai immigration police and FBI agents. Sources said that the four were suspected of planning to assassinate U.S. Ambassador William Itoh and launch a terrorist strike against the embassy here.
May 16, 1998 |
A man who plotted with the mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing to blow up 11 U.S. airliners over the Far East was sentenced Friday to life without parole plus 60 years. Abdul Hakim Murad, 30, a commercial pilot who was born in Kuwait and lived in Pakistan, was found guilty along with Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, who was separately convicted of masterminding the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Yousef is serving a sentence of life without parole. U.S. District Judge Kevin T.
April 4, 1998 |
The Palestinian who drove the bomb-laden van into the parking garage under the World Trade Center during the 1993 terrorist attack was sentenced to 240 years in prison Friday. U.S. District Judge Kevin T. Duffy also fined 26-year-old Eyad Ismoil $250,000 and ordered him to pay $10-million restitution "just to make sure that you never make a dime out of this."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1998 |
As President Clinton weighs a military strike against Iraq, Arab and Muslim Americans in Southern California fear that hatred of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could turn into bigotry against local residents. While representatives of Muslim and Arab American groups warn that a U.S. military attack would harm Iraqi civilians more than Hussein, they also fear that a war in Iraq could breed racism against Muslim and Arab Americans.
January 9, 1998 |
After an extraordinary courtroom confrontation during which a judge labeled him "an apostle of evil" and Ramzi Ahmed Yousef proclaimed, "I am a terrorist and I am proud of it," the architect of the World Trade Center bombing was sentenced Thursday to life plus 240 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Kevin T. Duffy also recommended that Yousef be kept in constant solitary confinement, limited to visits with his lawyer.