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Britain Delays Trial of the Egyptian Charged for Involvement in Masood's Death - 2001-11-07


British authorities have delayed the trial of an Egyptian Islamist charged with involvement in the assassination of anti-Taleban Afghan commander Ahmad Shah Masood.

Thirty eight year old Yasser al-Siri appeared in court in London today (Wednesday) and was ordered held in custody without bail.

Court officials said prosecutors need time to develop the case, and that a trial will probably not begin until January.

The defendant is suspected of providing reference letters to two men posing as journalists who carried out the assassination of Mr. Masood on September 9th, in Afghanistan.

He also faces charges of using his London-based Islamic Observation Centre website to solicit funds for terrorism and support for an Egyptian terrorist organization (Gama'a al-Islamiyya), providing premises for the use of terrorists, and inciting hatred against Jews.

Yasser al-Siri was condemned to death in absentia in Egypt for the attempted assassination in 1994 of Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Sedki.

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