Dhimmitude on a technicality. “‘Terrorism’ barred at trial of three Yemeni men,” by Gary Craig for the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle, August 17 (thanks to T.):
Three Yemeni men once accused of a willingness to support the terrorist-linked Hezbollah organization are now being tried in federal court in a case in which neither terrorism nor Hezbollah are likely to be mentioned.
Instead, the trial, expected to last six weeks, is focused on whether the men illegally transferred money overseas.
On trial are Yehia Ali Ahmed Alomari, 28, Mohamed Al Huraibi, 52, and Saleh Mohamed Taher Saeed, 30.
Authorities allege that the three men, caught in a sting operation, agreed to illegally transport more than $100,000 to overseas accounts in the Middle East. Prosecutors have claimed that an undercover agent told the men that Hezbollah would control the money.
U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa has ruled however that, because the actual criminal charges the men confront are about money-laundering and not terrorist-related, prosecutors cannot mention Hezbollah or terrorism at the trial. The May 2008 indictment of the three men, in fact, makes no mention of terrorism or Hezbollah….