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Man who set self on fire in White House protest was key witness in terror case

[JURIST] A man who lit himself on fire Monday in front of the White House was a key government witness in the case against Sheik Ali Hassan al-Moayad, who is accused of raising millions for terror groups including al-Qaida, defense attorneys for al-Moayad have said. Mohammed Alanssi, a 52-year-old Virginia resident, is in serious condition, a fact which al-Moayad's attorneys said will seriously hurt the government's case. Alanssi wrote letters to both the FBI [PDF] and a Washington Post reporter [PDF], explaining that he was unhappy with the government's treatment of him but was afraid to stop cooperating. The FBI has refused to comment on the case or on Alanssi. AP has more.

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