- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A Kenyan man is asking a judge to throw out his conviction for conspiring to support terrorist groups in Africa and the Middle East.

Mohamed Said claims in a handwritten motion that his court-appointed lawyer failed to find witnesses in Africa who could have helped in his defense. Said says he was advised to plead guilty without fully understanding the consequences.

Federal prosecutors had not responded as of Tuesday to Said’s motion in Miami federal court.

Said and co-defendant Gufran Mohammed were arrested in 2013 in Saudi Arabia in a case that evolved from undercover FBI monitoring of Internet chat rooms frequented by Islamic extremists. Said is serving a 15-year prison sentence.

Mohammed, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from India, is also serving a 15-year prison sentence after pleading guilty.



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