Terror Suspect Appears Defiant in Mass. Court

By: Denise Lavoie AP Email
By: Denise Lavoie AP Email

BOSTON (AP) - A pharmacy college graduate has made a defiant appearance in federal court in Boston after being charged with conspiring to kill American troops in Iraq and attack shoppers in U.S. malls.

Tarek Mehanna (TEH'-rek meh-HAH'-nah) initially refused to stand for the judge before the terror charge against him was read at the brief hearing Wednesday. He finally did stand - tossing his chair loudly to the floor - only after his father urged him to do so.

Authorities say the 27-year-old Mehanna of Sudbury conspired with two other men on the terror plot but were thwarted in their plans because they couldn't get into terror camps for training and couldn't find automatic weapons.

His next court appearance has been scheduled for Oct. 30.

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