Still not clear why he had to be imported to NY, tried in NY, and his presumed decades long sentence funded by American taxpayers.
Al Qaeda terrorist Abid Naseer has been convicted a second time in Brooklyn Federal Court — just to make sure it sticks.
Two days after it was discovered that no stenographer was present when Naseer’s verdict was taken, the jury forewoman returned to the courtroom Friday to confirm the terrorist thug was indeed found guilty of all three counts.
Federal Judge Raymond Dearie apologized to prosecutors and Naseer, who was hauled into court for the do-over.
“Due to my inadvertence, we took the verdict without the reporter,” Dearie said. “We have a need to comply with the rule and create a record.”
Dearie recalled that shortly after the lunch break Wednesday there was a note from the jurors stating they had reached a verdict. A verdict sheet signed by the forewoman detailed that Naseer was guilty of plotting to blow up a shopping mall in Manchester, England.
“Will you confirm what I said that the jury did return a guilty verdict on all three counts?” Dearie asked.
“Yes, it is,” replied the forewoman, known only as Juror No. 9 because the panel was anonymous for safety reasons.
Naseer, 28, was a member of an Al Qaeda cell dispatched to Europe to kill scores of people in the United Kingdom. Prosecutors linked him to another Al Qaeda cell in which three Queens men trained at the same terror camp in Pakistan as Naseer and planned to blow themselves up in New York City subway cars.
The goons were all arrested before they could commit their evil acts.
There wasn’t a peep out of Naseer, who acted as his own lawyer, about the verdict snafu.
But he did inform the judge that he was giving up lawyering and asked that his stand-by counsel James Neuman be appointed to handle his appeal.
The judge granted the request along with a dollop of praise for Neuman’s legal assistance. “It’s a pleasure to observe a professional work under strenuous circumstances,” Dearie said, without commenting on Naseer’s amateur legal efforts.
More via CNN:
The Manchester plot was allegedly part of a three-pronged plan that included attacks on the New York City subway system and on a newsroom in Copenhagen. None were carried out. The New York plot allegedly originated with Najibullah Zazi, who is believed to have corresponded with the same al Qaeda contact as Naseer. Zazi pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and was the first witness in Naseer’s trial. Naseer, a Pakistani national, was in the United Kingdom on a student visa at the time of his arrest. Among the evidence presented, prosecutors pointed out that Naseer had dropped out of classes after only a week. Naseer had no intention of completing his studies because “that was never the plan,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad argued, saying that Naseer applied for a student visa as a means of entering the country to carry out the attack.
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