883. 5/29/1996

On May 29, 1996, “In the first of two prosecutions, [terrorist Ramzi] Yousef goes on trial in U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan for the Bojinka plot and the murder of the passenger on PAL Flight 434. Judge Kevin T. Duffy allows Yousef to represent himself, with the assistance of attorney Roy Kulcsar. In his opening statement the bomb maker claims he was imprisoned in Pakistan at the time the Bojinka and pope plots were set in motion in Manila [Philippines]. There isn’t a word, from federal prosecutors or Yousef, however, about his third plot–the plan to hijack airliners.”

 – Peter Lance, Triple Cross, (Timeline) Page 22

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