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March 5, 1993 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal agents, taking advantage of an astonishing break in their investigation of the World Trade Center bombing, Thursday arrested a suspect described as a devout Muslim and accused him of renting a yellow Ford van that they say was used to carry explosives into the huge structure's underground parking garage. Authorities formally charged Mohammed A. Salameh, 25, with "aiding and abetting" the Feb.
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February 27, 2009 | Associated Press
A Palestinian terrorist who served only about half his 30-year sentence for planting three car bombs in New York City in 1973 was deported Thursday, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press. It was unclear which country had agreed to accept Khalid Al-Jawary, now 63, who belonged to the militant group Black September. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the deportation, said he didn't know where Al-Jawary was going.
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June 29, 1995 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In court action pushed into the background by the Oklahoma City bombing, the government rested its case Wednesday in the trial of Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and 10 of his followers who are charged with plotting a war of urban terrorism against the United States. As prosecutors presented a final series of technical witnesses this week, less than 10 spectators were present most days in a large, heavily guarded third-floor courtroom in Manhattan's Foley Square.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2000 | Associated Press
A small bomb exploded in the heart of Wall Street before daybreak Friday, shattering windows and slightly injuring one person. There was no immediately claim of responsibility for the blast, which took place a few blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said. Police were looking for a man seen kneeling in the area at the time. "At this point it is not viewed as a terrorist act," Giuliani said. "They have no evidence to support that classification."
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May 7, 1993 | Associated Press
A Palestinian who was held as a suspect in the World Trade Center blast was charged Thursday with conspiracy to destroy the building. The federal complaint says that Ahmad Mohammad Ajaj entered the United States illegally on Sept. 1, 1992, with manuals on how to make bombs and that he and five co-conspirators "unlawfully . . . did damage and destroy" the trade center.
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April 14, 1995 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center, was charged Thursday in a new indictment with planning to blow up U.S. airliners in the Far East and with exploding a bomb aboard a Philippine Airlines plane that killed a passenger last December. Also named with Yousef in the new indictment was Abdul Hakim Murad, who shared an apartment in Manila with Yousef.
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March 1, 1989 | KEVIN RODERICK and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writers
Pre-dawn firebombs hurled through windows Tuesday damaged two Berkeley book stores, one a literary and political landmark whose owner had vowed publicly to resist Islamic pressure to stop selling "The Satanic Verses," as violence apparently broke out around the Salman Rushdie novel.
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December 13, 1993 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As some members of the jury stifled yawns, the police detective on the witness stand matter-of-factly identified a small orange parking-lot stub handed to him by Gilmore Childers, the federal prosecutor. Yes, the witness said, it was from the B-2 level of the World Trade Center garage--where an explosion Feb. 26 had killed six people, injured more than 1,000 others and disabled one of the world's best-known skyscrapers. But more important, Detective Ronald Alongis said, the stub was dated Feb.
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August 6, 1993 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors confirmed Thursday that Emad Ali Salem, the government's informant in the alleged plot to bomb the United Nations and three other major New York City targets, secretly tape recorded some conversations with federal agents. But a judge declined to turn the tapes over to defense lawyers trying to prove entrapment. In a letter to federal Judge Michael B. Mukasey, U.S. Atty. Mary Jo White said that Salem, a former Egyptian army officer, "made some recordings of his own."
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August 28, 1993 | RONALD J. OSTROW and ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For weeks, federal investigators privately voiced their doubts about the quality of the evidence supporting the government's case against Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman, the blind cleric accused of leading a loose-knit group of Islamic terrorists. But in the end, Atty. Gen. Janet Reno overcame her own misgivings, as well as those of her subordinates, and concluded that the alleged conspiracy was "a case that had to be prosecuted," according to one of several sources familiar with the matter.
NEWS
July 24, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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June 27, 1998 | Associated Press
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.
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May 16, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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April 4, 1998 | From Associated Press
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."
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February 9, 1998 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 9, 1998 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 28, 1993 | From Reuters
Law enforcement officials planned to thwart the bombing of the World Trade Center by substituting harmless powder for explosives, but the scheme was called off by the FBI, a newspaper reported today. Tape recordings secretly made by an FBI informer reveal that authorities were in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York's tallest towers, the New York Times reported.
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January 8, 1995 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
"May God bless you, Sheik! . . . Boom! This will drive the whole world crazy!" The sentences, picked up on a hidden microphone just after a bomb timer was successfully tested, are chilling--and stand at the heart of the government's case when the biggest terrorism trial in the nation's history starts Monday under extraordinary security.
NEWS
November 13, 1997 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury in Manhattan on Wednesday found Ramzi Ahmed Yousef guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and convicted a co-defendant on charges that he drove an explosives-laden van into the basement garage of the complex.
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November 13, 1997 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury in Manhattan on Wednesday found Ramzi Ahmed Yousef guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and convicted a co-defendant on charges that he drove an explosives-laden van into the basement garage of the complex.
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