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Gazette Premium Content Feds want shoe bomb plotter to testify in Conn.

Associated Press Updated: February 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors want a man convicted in a failed 2001 shoe bomb plot to testify at the July sentencing of two British citizens who pleaded guilty in Connecticut to supporting terrorists through websites.

Prosecutors say the man is expected to testify that Babar Ahmad (BAH'-bar AH'-mahd) 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 plot to bring down an airplane.

Prosecutors didn't name the man they want to testify, but his description matches that of Saajid Badat, who was convicted in London in a plot to down an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his shoes.

Ahmad's attorneys object to the testimony.

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