Trial for Tarek Mehanna gets underway

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October 27, 2011, 12:33 pm

(NECN: Scott Yount, Boston, Mass.) - The jury has been seated for the trial of Tarek Mehanna, and now both sides look to make opening statements.

The 29-year-old Sudbury, Mass. man is charged with conspiring to support Osama bin Laden. Prosecutors say Mehanna translated a video by the late terrorist mastermind.

If convicted of all charges, Mehanna could face life in prison.

There were no reported incidents outside of the court on Thursday morning, where supporters and protesters rallied. Police say extra security was put in place, and the protests never became violent.

Both sides were eager to begin the trial on Thursday.

Officials estimate that the trial could last up to two months.

Tags: Osama bin Laden, Tarek Mehanna, trial, terror suspect, Scott Yount, Al'Qaida, 16-seat jury, conspiracy, terror charges
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