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Are These Phones Live? Second Day story ... _no_ Terror Charges

danny burstein (
Wed, 16 Aug 2006 00:05:00 -0400

US Drops Terrorist Charges Linked to Cell Phone Purchase
By VOA News 15 August 2006

U.S. prosecutors have dropped terrorist charges against two men
arrested after they purchased 600 cellular phones.

Officials in the midwestern state of Ohio said they had no evidence of
terrorist activity by the men, Osama Abulhassan and Ali Houssaiky.

They say the men still face a charge of lying to police.

The two men were stopped by police for a traffic violation earlier
this month, and later told officers about the cell phone purchases.

In a separate case, an FBI official said authorities have found no
terrorist links to three other men jailed for buying a large
number of cell phones.

Police say the Palestinian-American men were found with 1,0000 cell
phones in their vehicle and pictures of a major bridge in the northern
state of Michigan.

Authorities say the men remain in custody in Michigan.

Federal law enforcement officials have asked police to watch for
people buying large numbers of cell phones, saying the devices can be
used in terrorist attacks.

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