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Anonymous witnesses in bomb plot case

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Posted: Jan 29, 2014 7:27 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jan 29, 2014 7:27 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: anonymous witnesses, Jose Pimentel, al-Qaida, trial, secret, judge, New York

NEW YORK- A man being tried for plotting terror attacks against police and soldiers in Manhattan may face his accusers in secret.

Prosecutors want to keep some testimony against Jose Pimentel out of the public eye because one witness is an uncover cop and two others are confidential informants.

Prosecutors asked a judge to close the courtroom saying the three witnesses could be endangered if their identities became public.

Pimentel is accused of being an al-Qaida sympathizer and was arrested when he was making a pipe bomb.

His lawyers contend Pimentel was entrapped and they want the public to know about the tactics used to arrest him.

The judge made no ruling on Wednesday but noted the legal bar is high for closing a court to the public.

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