Jury selection begins for Saudi in US bomb plot

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Associated Press

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 21 at 2:02 PM

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Jury selection is under way in the trial of a Saudi man accused of gathering bomb components with the intention of targeting sites across the United States, including the home of former President George W. Bush.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari (KAH'-lihd ah-lee-EHM' al-duh-SAHR'-ee) has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. The 22-year-old man faces up to life in prison if convicted.

During jury selection Thursday in the Texas Panhandle, Aldawsari's attorney asked potential jurors if they would have any issue with Aldawsari's Muslim faith or Saudi citizenship. Dan Codgell asked if jurors would worry about sitting next to a Saudi citizen on an airplane. A few said yes.

A jury is expected to be picked Thursday afternoon. Opening arguments are expected Friday.

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