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Mar 18, 2014 11:38 AM by Associated Press

NEW: Shoe-bomb plotter testimony allowed in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A man convicted in a failed 2001 plot to bring down an airplane with a shoe bomb will be allowed to testify at the sentencing of two British citizens who pleaded guilty in Connecticut to supporting terrorists through websites.

Judge Janet Hall in New Haven on Monday granted the request of prosecutors to have the witness testify by video from Britain in July.

She ordered the government to pay the travel expenses of attorneys for Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan to attend.

Prosecutors say the witness is expected to testify that Ahmad sent him to Afghanistan to train for violent jihad and that he was trained by al-Qaida members for the shoe bomb plot.

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