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Defense focuses on language in terror case

Says Mehanna did not translate

By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / December 14, 2011
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After roughly six weeks of prosecution testimony, defense lawyers for accused Al Qaeda supporter Tarek Mehanna have been using the testimony of scholars in Arabic and Islamic law to argue that Mehanna was not working to support any terrorist organization, but that he was expressing his own views on documents that were readily available on the Internet. Defense attorneys indicated they may call their last witness today.

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