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Canadian in NYC terror trial met with Omar Khadr's lawyer in prison

Canadian in NYC terror trial met with Omar Khadr's lawyer in prison

Nineteen-year-old Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy's parents asked Edney, who represented Khadr, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, to look at the case, CTV's Glen McGregor reported Tuesday.

Reuters/Lucas JacksonThree men arrested for planning to terrorize New York City.

The undercover agent and El Bahnasawy also were in communication with the 19-year-old Haroon, who wanted to join El Bahnasawy in New York City for the attacks, authorities said.

All three men face possible terms of live in prison on charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

According to the charges, the planned attacks included detonating bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system, and shooting civilians at specific concert venues.

Those details were disclosed in newly unsealed court papers that showed how sensitive prosecutors were to keeping Mr. El Bahnasawy's arrest secret to not tip off a suspect who was believed to be preparing to enter the United States.

El Bahnasawy is a 19-year old Canadian citizen, who allegedly gathered the materials needed to create a bomb and assembled them in a cabin located within driving distance to NY.

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In a plea hearing on October 13, 2016, according to the documents, he admitted in court to plotting with others to "carry out an attack in Times Square, to Support ISIL; specifically we agreed to try to set off a bomb in Times Square".

Judge: "Was one of the targets of your activities, intended targets, the New York City Subway system?" He also admitted to sending materials through the mail and traveling from Canada to the United States as part of the plot.

In another, he expressed a desire to "shoot up concerts cuz they kill a lot people". Prosecutors hope to extradite these men to America. The trio also talked about blowing up a auto in Times Square. Haroon, who at one point met with an explosives expert in Pakistan for information on building bombs, told the undercover agent the subway was a "perfect" place to shoot passengers, and that "when we run out of bullets we let the vests go off", the court papers said.

According to criminal complaints and court papers unsealed Friday, the trio purchased bomb-making materials, moved money, secured a safe house outside NY to make explosives and traveled outside the U.S.to further the plot.

While both El Bahnasawy and Haroon were set to carry out their plot, Salic wired money from the Philippines to the United States to further their plans. He told the undercover agent his ultimate goal was to join the Islamic State group in Syria but that "it would be a great pleasure if we can slaughter" people in NY, the papers said.

Judge: "Mr. El Bahnasawy, are you pleading guilty to these seven crimes charged because you are in fact guilty of them?" Haroon is a USA citizen who had been living in Pakistan who was arrested there in September 2016. Proceedings for his extradition to the United States are now pending in Pakistan.