Thursday, April 26, 2007

Guilty of U.S. Terror Plots

LONDON — Four men pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring with an Al Qaeda-linked operative convicted of plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange and other targets in the United States and Britain.

The men pleaded guilty in a London court to plotting to cause explosions with Dhiren Barot, who was sentenced to life in prison in November for planning attacks on several U.S. financial targets, London hotels and train stations.

Authorities did not specify the targets the four men — Junade Feroze, 31; Mohammed Zia Ul Haq, 28; Abdul Aziz Jalil, 34; and Omar Abdul Rehman, 23 — were accused of plotting against.

A fifth man, Qaisar Shaffi, 28, denied the charge and is to stand trial next week.

Barot, a 34-year-old Muslim convert, was convicted of planning to use limousines packed with gas tanks, napalm and nails in the attacks.

Prosecutors said the targets included the International Monetary Fund in Washington, the Citigroup headquarters in New York and London train stations.

A sixth defendant in the case, Mohammed Naveed Bhatti, 27, pleaded guilty last week, and a seventh, Nadeem Tarmohammed, 28, has yet to be arraigned.

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