Defendants say shoe bomb plotter has motive to lie

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two British citizens who pleaded guilty in Connecticut to supporting terrorists through websites say a man prosecutors want to testify for their sentencing has an incentive to lie because he’s benefiting from his cooperation after he was convicted in a failed 2001 shoe bomb plot.

Prosecutors say the man is expected to testify that Babar Ahmad sent him to Afghanistan to train for violent jihad and that he moved on from Ahmad and was trained by al-Qaida members for the plot to bring down an airplane.

Prosecutors want the man to testify from Britain by a videotaped deposition, saying he fears arrest in the United States. They say false testimony would violate his cooperation agreement.

Ahmad and his co-defendant say the witness should testify in person or the government should bring them to the deposition.

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