Terror suspects face Conn. trial next October

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Associated Press

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut has scheduled a trial for next October for two men extradited from Britain on charges they supported terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya by operating websites to raise cash, recruit fighters and solicit items such as gas masks.

Judge Janet Hall on Monday tentatively scheduled the trial date for 38-year-old Babar Ahmad and 33-year-old Syed Talha Ahsan.

The men are charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to kill people in a foreign country. Ahmad also is charged with money laundering.

The men pleaded not guilty on Oct. 6 and are detained while they await trial.

Prosecutors want the men tried together. Defense attorneys haven't taken a position.

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