BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Calling them a threat to public safety, a federal judge on Tuesday refused to grant bail to five local men who attended an al-Qaida training camp several months before the attacks on the World Trade Center.
However, U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. granted bail to Sahim Alwan, a sixth man who attended the camp, saying he had cooperated with FBI agents in providing details about the trip and seemed to be remorseful for what he had done.
The six men, who are accused of giving aid and support to Osama bin Laden's terror organization, could face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if they are convicted in a trial. The case has focused national attention on what U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft called a sleeper cell awaiting orders to commit acts of terror in America.
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