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Oct. 2013 Tentative Trial Date In Terror Case

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. Prosecutors want the men tried together, but defense attorneys have not taken a position yet.

The men are charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to kill persons 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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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