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Man found guilty of conspiring to kill Bush

WASHINGTON, Wednesday (AFP) A US court on Tuesday found an Arab-American man guilty of conspiring to assassinate President George W. Bush and receiving financial aid from Al-Qaeda.

A jury found Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 24, guilty on nine counts, including conspiracy to kill Bush, conspiracy to hijack a plane and offering to aid Osama bin Laden's terror network, according to Edward Adams, a spokesman for US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Abu Ali had pleaded not guilty and his defense lawyers said he was tortured into making false statements in Saudi Arabia, where he was arrested in June 2003.

But Judge Gerald Bruce Lee admitted the confessions as evidence over the objections.

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