NEW YORK – A British man who quit a 2001 shoe-bomb plot and became a valuable witness at terrorism trials has told a New York judge he does not want to testify in the United States.
Saajid Badat (SAH'-jeed buh-DAHT') spoke via a video link on Friday. He says he believes he'd be arrested if he came to America.
Badat was indicted in 2004 in Boston on charges he conspired with Richard Reid, who tried to blow up a passenger jet with a shoe bomb.
Federal Judge Katherine Forrest is considering whether to allow Badat's testimony at the upcoming trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh).
Mustafa has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to support al-Qaida. The U.S. says he conspired with Seattle men in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon.