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2nd FBI Informant Takes Stand in Fort Dix Trial

Monday, December 01, 2008

Testimony will resume today at the trial of five men accused of plotting to kill soldiers at Fort Dix. Jurors are due to hear from another paid government informant, Besnik Bakalli.

Prosecutors acknowledge Bakalli has a record that includes shooting someone in his native Albania and then illegally re-entering the U.S. But they say the FBI needed people like him to gain credibility with the alleged plotters.

Lawyers for the suspects say their clients were never seriously planning an attack. They claim the other paid informant, Mahmoud Omar, tried to make it seem they were so he could continue to be paid by the government.

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