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US Terror Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

13 April 2007

A U.S. citizen has pleaded not guilty to charges he joined the al-Qaida terrorist network and conspired to bomb European targets and U.S. military targets overseas.

Christopher Paul appeared in a Columbus, Ohio court Friday for the second time in two days, where he registered his plea but did not ask to be released on bond.

Authorities say Paul was the subject of a four-year probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation before his arrest on Wednesday. He is charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and providing material support to al-Qaida.

The U.S. Justice Department describes Paul as a "violent jihadist." His indictment says he traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the early 1990s for terrorism training, and in the late 1990s traveled to Germany to recruit and train co-conspirators.

The indictment alleges Paul conducted research on flight simulators and remote-controlled boats, but no potential targets were listed. It also says Paul stored a variety of military gear and literature on explosives in Columbus, Ohio.

Some informaton for this report provided by AP.

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