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Protection sought for FBI agent during trial

September 30, 2013
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to provide secrecy for an FBI agent's testimony at an upcoming terrorism trial.

The Tampa Tribune ( reports Judge Mary Scriven says she will soon decide whether the undercover agent can testify in a courtroom closed to spectators. Prosecutors propose that the defendant's family, the news media and other spectators be allowed to listen to the testimony in another room.

Sami Osmakac, a naturalized citizen from Kosovo, is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 21 on charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered machine gun.

He was arrested following an FBI sting operation. Authorities said he planned to attack a busy Tampa night spot, then take hostages and demand the release of Muslim prisoners.


Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune,



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