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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Millennium Bomber Ahmed Ressam Sentencing

An appeals court vacated the sentence of Millennium Bomber Ahmed Ressam on Tuesday. One charge against Ressam was thrown out, but the government argued Ressam had reneged on his cooperation agreement, so the resentencing by a lower court could go either way.

Below are three key documents from the case. The first is a December 2006 letter from Ressam to the judge hearing his case. In what may be part of the "non-cooperation" cited by federal authorities, Ressam states that he was asked to implicate a Guantanamo Bay detainee, but averred that he had no knowledge of the detainee's alleged connection to the Millennium plot.

The second is the judge's decision vacating Ressam's sentence.

The third is a motion by the defense describing Ressam's cooperation with the government, including detailed information about top al Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah and information that was used "to defuse a potentially lethal accident following the arrest of Richard Reid at the Boston Airport."

  • Letter From Millennium Bomber Ahmed Ressam
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