Fort Dix five guilty of conspiracy
A jury convicted five Muslim immigrants on Monday of plotting to kill U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, the Associated Press reported.
Jurors at federal district court in Camden deliberated into a sixth day before declaring the men guilty of conspiracy.
The defendants however were acquitted of attempted murder charges but face life in prison for conspiring to kill military personnel.
The foreign-born Muslim immigrants arose suspicions when a clerk at a New Jersey electronics store saw a videotape of men firing rifles and shouting Islamic battle cries. A 15-month investigation ensued. Their trial lasted eight weeks.
Convicted were: Jordanian-born cab driver Mohamad Shnewer; Turkish-born convenience store clerk Serdar Tatar; and brothers Dritan, Eljvir and Shain Duka, ethnic Albanians from the former Yugoslavia, who had a roofing business.
The prosecution said the men were motivated to plan an attack by jihadist videos and speeches downloaded from the Internet.
Although investigators said the men were inspired by Osama bin Laden, they were not accused of any ties to foreign terror groups.
Prosecutors in the Fort Dix case said the group chose the Army station because one of the defendants was familiar with it. His father’s pizza shop delivered to the New Jersey base, which is 25 miles from Philadelphia and is used mainly to train reservists for duty in Iraq.