Men Charged in Synagogue Attack Scheme Due in Court

Authorities say the two men also considered an attack at the Empire State Building.

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    Two men charged with plotting to blow up synagogues in New York City may be due to find out whether a grand jury has indicted them.     

    Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh have a court date Tuesday in Manhattan. They're scheduled for a procedural appearance at which prosecutors say whether a defendant has been indicted but don't usually disclose the charges.     

    The 26-year-old Ferhani and 20-year-old Mamdouh deny the allegations. At their arraignment last week, they were charged with conspiracy as a crime of terrorism under a rarely-used state law.    

    Authorities say Ferhani was arrested in a sting buying guns, ammunition and an inert hand grenade. Mamdouh was picked up a few blocks away.     

    Bloomberg, Kelly on Terror Arrests [Raw]

    [NY] Bloomberg, Kelly on Terror Arrests [Raw]
    Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly explain their investigation into and arrests of Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh, who are accused of planning to bomb synagogues in a terror plan. (Published Thursday, May 12, 2011)

    Prosecutors say an undercover detective secretly taped both men discussing a synagogue attack.