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New Charges For Brooklyn Men In al-Qaida Case

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NEW YORK (AP) — New terrorism charges have been brought in New York against two U.S. citizens accused of trying to aid al-Qaida.

New charges including providing material support to al-Qaida and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act were in a superceding indictment announced Tuesday.

The fresh charges were brought against Wesam El-Hanafi, of Brooklyn, and Sabirhan Hasanoff. Hasanoff is also a citizen of Australia.

A conviction could support a prison sentence of up to 70 years. The two Brooklyn men are accused of aiding al-Qaida with money and computer assistance.

El-Hanafi’s lawyer has said that government evidence includes Internet chats in which his client didn’t participate. Messages left with their lawyers were not immediately returned.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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