Egyptian student found not guilty of bomb charges

April 4, 2009 02:38


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An Egyptian student was found not guilty Friday on charges of carrying explosives that prosecutors said could have been used to build a dangerous rocket. Youssef Samir Megahed's family teared up as the jury read its verdict, finding him not guilty of carrying explosives across state lines and possessing a destructive device. Prosecutors said deputies found PVC pipes, fuses, and other materials that could have been combined with gasoline to build a destructive device when the former University of South Florida student and a friend were pulled over in South Carolina in August 2007. The attorney for Megahed had argued that the items were no more harmful than a road flare, and that his friend, Ahmed Mohamed, put the items in the car trunk without Megahed's knowledge.

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