NY Lawyer to Represent Lackawanna Six

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
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NY Lawyer to Represent Lackawanna Six

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The United States has appointed a Buffalo, N.Y., lawyer to counsel Yemeni-American terror suspect Jaber Elbaneh, who's been in custody in Yemen since 2008 and faces charges in New York that he helped recruit the so-called "Lackawanna Six" to train with al-Qaida.

U.S. Attorney Kathleen Mehltretter says the 43-year-old Elbaneh asked for a lawyer during a recent visit from U.S. government officials. Yemeni officials tell The Associated Press Thursday he's been in prison there since a 2008 terror conspiracy conviction.

The former resident of Lackawanna, near Buffalo, is on the FBI's list of most-wanted terror suspects. He's been in and out of custody in Yemen since 2004. The U.S. wants to try him in Buffalo on 2003 charges of providing material support to terrorists, but Yemeni officials have refused to extradite him.

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