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Fort Dix plot suspects plead not guilty to attempted murder charges

[JURIST] The five alleged plotters of an attack on Fort Dix [official website] pleaded not guilty Friday to new charges filed against them, including attempted murder, and received a new date for trial. Prosecutors filed the additional charges [JURIST report] earlier this week. Jury selection is scheduled for September 29, and prosecutors said the trial will probably last four to six weeks. If convicted, the suspects face life sentences.

Last May, federal agents arrested [press release, PDF; JURIST report] Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, Dritan Duka, Eljvir Duka, Shain Duka, Serdar Tatar, and Agron Abdullahu after 16 months of surveillance for allegedly planning an attack on Fort Dix. In October, Abdullahu pleaded guilty to lesser charges of "conspiring to provide firearms and ammunition" [press release, PDF; JURIST report] to illegal immigrants. Abdullahu, who was granted asylum in the US eight years ago after fleeing Kosovo, will likely face deportation after serving his sentence. Abdullahu's sentencing is scheduled for early February. AP has more.

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