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Britons who pleaded guilty to US terror charges seek secret files

Published on Apr 5, 2014 12:16 AM

MILFORD (REUTERS) - Two British men who pleaded guilty to raising money for Al-Qaeda and the Taleban go to a US court on Friday seeking access to secret documents about a witness whose testimony could influence how long they spend in prison.

The pair, 39-year-old Babar Ahmad and 34-year-old Syed Talha Ahsan, have argued in papers filed in US District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, that they have a right to more information on the witness, British citizen Saajid Badat.

According to US prosecutors, Badat was recruited into Al-Qaeda as a result of Ahmad's work and went on to play a role in the attempt by "shoe bomber" Richard Reid, another Briton, to blow up a jetliner over the Atlantic Ocean just three months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Prosecutors have argued that the sealed documents defense lawyers are requesting are too "sensitive" to release, while the defense contends that they could show that Badat would be willing to lie about their clients.

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