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British al-Qaeda ´supergrass´
lined up as star video witness
in US terror trials

Telegraph [UK], by Philip Sherwell

Original Article

Posted By:JoniTx, 2/15/2014 4:21:02 PM

New York - He is a quietly-spoken former British grammar schoolboy who turned from A-Level textbooks to Islamic terrorism and was convicted as a co-conspirator in the "shoe bomber" plots. Now Saajid Badat is about to become the most important terrorist "supergrass" in history by testifying via video link from Britain about the inner-workings of al-Qaeda in two major US terror trials. Badat, 33, has agreed to give evidence as the star witness in the cases in New York against Abu Hamza, the Egyptian-born British cleric renowned for his hate-filled sermons, and Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith.

      


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British al-Qaeda ´supergrass´
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Telegraph [UK], by Philip Sherwell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 4:21:02 PM     Post Reply
New York - He is a quietly-spoken former British grammar schoolboy who turned from A-Level textbooks to Islamic terrorism and was convicted as a co-conspirator in the "shoe bomber" plots. Now Saajid Badat is about to become the most important terrorist "supergrass" in history by testifying via video link from Britain about the inner-workings of al-Qaeda in two major US terror trials. Badat, 33, has agreed to give evidence as the star witness in the cases in New York against Abu Hamza, the Egyptian-born British cleric renowned for his hate-filled sermons, and Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith.

   

 

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