NEW YORK (AP) — Two men charged with scheming to blow up synagogues in New York City are due in court in the unusual terrorism case, brought under state laws.
Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh have a court date Wednesday. Both have denied initial charges including conspiracy as a crime of terrorism.
Prosecutors have said the 26-year-old Ferhani has been indicted. They will likely disclose Wednesday what charges the grand jury found appropriate. Prosecutors haven't said whether the 20-year-old Mamdouh has been indicted.
Prosecutors say an undercover detective secretly recorded both men discussing their hatred of Jews, their views that Muslims were mistreated and their interest in attacking a synagogue. Prosecutors say Ferhani was arrested last month buying guns, ammunition and an inert grenade, and Mamdouh was picked up soon afterward.