Lunnock: A former student from Saudi Arabia convicted in a failed US bomb plot has asked for a new trial.
Attorneys for Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari filed the request yesterday in federal court.
Jurors convicted Aldawsari last month of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Prosecutors say Aldawsari, who was arrested in 2011, had researched possible targets, including power plants and the Dallas home of former president George W Bush.
His lawyers are challenging prosecution statements that the 22-year-old Aldawsari plotted an attack since he was a child. They also say there is no evidence that he possessed a weapon of mass destruction.
Sentencing is on October 9. Aldawsari faces up to life in prison.
The US attorney`s office declined comment today.