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Two Convicted in Virginia
A L E X A N D R I A, Va., Nov. 19 — A Saudi man arrested driving a car with a flat tire near a Washington airport on Sept. 11 pleaded guilty Monday to visa fraud after prosecutors said he wasn't involved in the terrorist hijackings. Khalid al-Draibi, 32, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in this Washington suburb as prosecutors secured convictions from two men arrested initially in the terrorism case. The other man, Victor Lopez-Flores, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, also pleaded guilty to helping one of the Sept. 11 hijackers fraudulently obtain a Virginia state identification card and illegally re-entering the United States after being deported. Al-Draibi was arrested about 13 hours after the attacks when he aroused suspicion by driving away from Dulles International Airport, just outside Washington, in a car with a flat tire. After he was stopped, police found driver's licenses from eight states and flight manuals for small aircraft, prosecutors said. But al-Draibi passed two lie detector tests that showed he wasn't involved in the attacks, his attorney Drewery Hutcheson Jr. said. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III asked prosecutors Monday if the government was satisfied al-Draibi had nothing to do with Sept. 11. "That's correct," Assistant U.S. Attorney John Morton answered. Al-Draibi faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Jan. 18 on the visa fraud charge. In his guilty plea, Lopez-Flores admitted he falsely certified on Aug. 2 that Ahmed Alghamdi lived at his Alexandria, Virginia, address. Alghamdi, who was aboard one of the hijacked airliners that crashed into the World Trade Center, used the residency certification to obtain an ID card from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles a month before the Sept. 11 attacks.
—The Associated Press
Bin Laden Terror Documents Discovered
W A S H I N G T O N, Nov. 15 —
As Taliban troops retreat from several strongholds in Afghanistan, conquering fighters are finding disturbing evidence of Osama bin Laden's efforts at plotting mass destruction.
In houses in and around Kabul, the Afghan capital, Northern Alliance troops who chased out the Taliban have found terrorist training manuals, bomb-making materials and reportedly even detailed designs of nuclear weapons.
The Times of London reported today that one of its reporters discovered partially burned plans describing how to detonate plutonium and create a nuclear explosion. The documents were found in a former headquarters of al Qaeda, the bin Laden network believed to have been behind the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.