US man hid brother's intent to be suicide bomber

January 5, 2007 21:58

A grocer of Palestinian descent pleaded guilty to misleading FBI agents about his brother's intentions to leave the United States for Israel and become a suicide bomber. On the day before his trial, Muhammad Subeh, 43, acknowledged in US District Court he deceived federal agents when he denied seeing a letter from his brother that indicated he was going home to the West Bank to join the Aksa Martyrs Brigades. Prosecutors said Subeh destroyed the letter, but not before investigators had the opportunity to photocopy it and have it translated. Subeh, a naturalized US citizen, pleaded guilty late Thursday to a felony count of concealing a material fact from the FBI. At sentencing April 4, he could get up to six months in prison or be placed on probation.

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