News Brief 1/12/2013, Shevat 1, 5773
Trial Begins for Somali-American Accused of Bomb Plot
A Somali-American accused of trying to blow up a crowded US Christmas-tree lighting ceremony went on trial, more than two years after being arrested in an FBI sting operation.
Arguing in court just blocks from the site of the tree lighting in the US state of Oregon, lawyers presented rival pictures of Mohamed Mohamud, either as a troubled youth tricked by undercover agents or a hardened Islamist terrorist, AFP reported.
The 21-year-old's defense lawyer claimed Mohamud never would have attempted to detonate the "bomb" -- a harmless fake supplied by FBI agents.