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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Eyewitness Accounts: The 1990 Shooting of Meir Kahane

The FBI has declassified and released FD-302 transcripts related to the assassination of Jewish radical rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by INTELWIRE. Although the attack was ruled a lone gunman assault at the time, assassin El Sayyid Nosair was lated convicted of taking part in a wider conspiracy to commit terrorist attacks in New York City under the leadership of "blind sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman. The FBI interviewed several eyewitnesses and two supporters of Nosair, none of whom were identified. Some reports indicated Nosair has attended previous speeches by Kahane. There were several reports of Nosair talking with unidentified individuals and with people attending the lecture, however none of the witnesses reporting seeing Nosair fire the shots that killed Kahane. Despite the fact that the shooting took place in a crowded room, not a single witness at Nosair's trial reported seeing him fire the killing shots, which resulted in his acquittal on a murder charge. Nosair was convicted of other firearms violations in relation with the attack and sentenced to a lengthy prison term.

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