February 18, 2014
US federal prosecutors want a man convicted in a failed 2001 shoe bomb plot to bring down an aircraft to testify at the sentencing of two British citizens who pleaded guilty in Connecticut to supporting terrorists through websites.
The testimony reflects an effort by prosecutors to show that Babar Ahmad, one of the two men facing sentencing in Connecticut, had an active role in sending recruits to terrorism training camps beyond appealing for support on the websites.
Prosecutors say the witness is expected to testify that 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 shoe bomb plot.
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