Terror suspect held on warship appears in NY court

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Posted: Sep 08, 2011 5:50 PM
Terror suspect held on warship appears in NY court

A Somali citizen arrested on terrorism charges after he was interrogated aboard a U.S. warship made his first public court appearance Thursday.

Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame appeared briefly in U.S. District Court in Manhattan for a conference in which lawyers updated Judge Colleen McMahon on the status of the case.

According to court documents, Warsame helped train members of a Somalia-based terror group called al-Shabab from at least 2007 until April, resulting in the death of at least one person, and supported al-Qaida in Yemen.

He was captured by the U.S. military on April 19 and was interrogated aboard a Navy ship for two months before being moved to New York in July.

Authorities say during the interrogation he revealed important intelligence about al-Qaida in Yemen and its relationship with al-Shabab militants in Somalia. The two groups have been known to have ties, but the extent of that relationship has remained unclear.

Warsame has pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. He didn't discuss his defense in court, only speaking to acknowledge that the hearing could proceed in English without an interpreter.

A prosecutor said the government has given defense lawyers evidence in the case, including computer information and 2,000 pages of documents and reports in various languages.

The next court date was set for Nov. 2.