NDNY refused to dismiss Albany terror case despite alleged FBI entrapment

On January 9, 2006, the US District Court for the Northern District of New York held that two Muslim men accused of supporting terrorism would stand trial despite claims of entrapment. The defendants, Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, had been arrested in August 2004 and accused of laundering money for an FBI informant posing as an arms dealer. According to prosecutors, the two allegedly accepted some $50,000 which the informant told them originated from the sale of a missile intended to kill a Pakistani diplomat in New York City. In March 2006, the judge issued a highly unusual classified ruling rejecting a defense motion to dismiss the case. The two men were convicted a year later and were each sentenced to 15 years in prison. They were also ordered to forfeit $40,000, and pay special fines of $1,000 and $4,000 respectively.

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