US backtracks on terror claim against Tunisian man

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Posted: Apr 29, 2014 8:42 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The government says it's offering a plea deal that may result in freedom for a Tunisian man who last year was accused of plotting to build a U.S.-based terrorism cell and radicalizing a Canadian man charged in a train derailment plot.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Ferrara announced the offer Tuesday in federal court in New York at a pre-trial hearing for Ahmed Abassi. The plea would be to charges of making false statements and possessing an identification document with intent to defraud the United States.

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Abassi has pleaded not guilty.

Federal sentencing guidelines would call for a sentence of up to six months if the government declines to ask for a terrorism enhancement at sentencing. If it did, the maximum would be six years in prison.