Suspect In Terror Plot Appears In Court - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Suspect In Terror Plot Appears In Court

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The lawyer for a college student accused of plotting to blow up key U.S. targets says his client will plead not guilty.

In a statement, attorney Rod Hobson says in America, "everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence" and a "fair trial."

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a college student from Saudi Arabia who studied chemical engineering in Texas, was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted use of a weapon of
mass destruction.

He made his first court appearance today in Lubbock, handcuffed and with his feet shackled. A federal judge asked him if he understood the charges against him, and ordered him to remain in custody until a March 11 detention hearing.

Prosecutors say the 20-year-old had planned for years to launch a terrorist attack. Potential targets allegedly included the Dallas
home of former President George W. Bush.

Court documents say a journal Aldawsari kept describes a plan to place bombs in rental cars and remotely detonate them in New York City during rush hour.

  

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