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NYC subway bomb plotter who wanted to avenge Abu Ghraib convicted of conspiracy

[JURIST] A federal jury Wednesday convicted [US DOJ press release] Shahawar Matin Siraj of conspiracy and other charges Wednesday for his role in a failed plot to bomb a New York City subway station in 2004. Siraj, a Pakistani immigrant who first drew authorities' attention for expressing anti-American sentiments after 9/11 [JURIST news archive], and another suspect, James Elshafay, were arrested in 2004; Elshafay cooperated with police. An informant, Osama Eldawoody, posed as an accomplice and testified against Siraj, who claimed that an undercover officer suggested the bomb plot and incited him with photographs of US prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. The prosecution presented videotape surveillance [MSNBC report] of Siraj and Elshafay discussing the plot in which Siraj said he would not plant the explosive device.

Siraj, 23, could face life imprisonment. AP has more.

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