Florida doctor accused of al-Qaida ties in court

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May 12, 2007 02:50

 
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A Florida doctor accused of pledging to support al-Qaida had a disaster of a day on the witness stand Friday as he testified in his own trial. Rafiq Abdus Sabir, accused of pledging to support al-Qaida, had hoped to convince a jury that the FBI had it all wrong, that he was a man of peace. But under cross examination on the witness stand Friday, the Columbia University-trained physician was forced to acknowledge a history of family violence, a fascination with weapons and a belief that good Muslims should engage in armed jihad, or holy war. Sabir was arrested in 2005 after an FBI agent posing as an al-Qaida recruiter recorded him taking an oath of allegiance to Osama bin Laden.

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