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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

New York Daily News - World & National Report - Jazzman, doc are indicted

New York Daily News - World & National Report - Jazzman, doc are indictedJazzman, doc are indicted

A Manhattan federal grand jury has indicted a New York jazz musician and a Florida doctor for plotting to open an Al Qaeda terror training camp in the U.S., prosecutors said last night.

Tarik Shah, 42, and Dr. Rafiq Sabir, 50, were charged with conspiring to provide material support to Al Qaeda.

If convicted, they each face 15 years in prison. They were to be arraigned today.

"We still have two people accused of a manufactured crime," said Shah's attorney, Anthony Ricco.

Sabir's attorney could not be reached for comment.

Shah was arrested when FBI agents raided the Bronx brownstone where he lived. Sabir, a Columbia University-educated physician, was nabbed at his home in Boca Raton, Fla.

The busts culminated a lengthy probe in which they allegedly swore allegiance to Osama Bin Laden during a meeting with an FBI undercover agent posing as an Al Qaeda recruiter.

They were introduced to the undercover agent by a federal informant.

Shah is a popular bass player at local jazz clubs, a martial arts expert and the son of a former aide to Malcolm X. He allegedly scouted a Long Island warehouse to use a terror training camp.

Sabir vowed he would treat wounded jihadists on a trip to Saudi Arabia, prosecutors said.

Robert Gearty

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