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Attorney Says Plea Deal Offered in Synagogue Terror Case

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Defense lawyers for two men accused of terror plot, Stephen Pokart (L) representing Ahmed Ferhani  and Steven Steven Fusfeld  representing  Mohamed Mamdouh Defense lawyers for two men accused of terror plot, Stephen Pokart (L) representing Ahmed Ferhani and Steven Steven Fusfeld representing Mohamed Mamdouh (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

A Queens man accused of plotting to attack New York City synagogues has been offered a plea deal that could mean substantially less jail time if he is convicted on the rare state terrorism charge, according to a report.

Meanwhile, a defense attorney for Ahmed Ferhani, 27, told the Wall Street Journal that the district attorney's office revealed that federal authorities had concerns about the undercover agent who helped bring the May 2011 conspiracy and weapons charges against him.

Ferhani and another man were arrested after a seven-month NYPD investigation. The FBI declined to participate in the case because of concerns about the case’s credibility, sources told WNYC .

The NYPD has rejected that critique.

Ferhani is being prosecuted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance under a state terrorism statute passed in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

Ferhani immigrated to the U.S. from Algeria in August 1995 with two siblings and his parents, who had applied for asylum.

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