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Jury ends 1st day deliberating Mass. terror trial

Jury completes 1st day deliberating case of Mass. man accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida By The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) ' A Boston jury has completed its first day of deliberations in the trial of a Massachusetts man accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida.

The panel worked for almost two hours Friday and will resume on Monday.

Tarek Mehanna, a 29-year-old American from Sudbury, is accused of traveling to Yemen to try to find a terrorist training camp with the intention of going to Iraq to fight against U.S. soldiers. Prosecutors say that when he was unable to find a camp, he returned home and began translating and distributing online materials promoting violent jihad.

During closing arguments, defense attorneys said that although Mehanna expressed anger about the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he never planned to go there to fight American soldiers. They said he wanted to study Islam and went to Yemen looking for religious schools.

Prosecutors argued that Mehanna "was motivated by and inspired by" al-Qaida leaders.

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