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Witness in 1998 Bombings Is Identified at a Hearing

Witness in 1998 Bombings Is Identified at a Hearing - This NY Times article published 9/19/10 demonstrates one of the costs of trying terrorists.  "For years, the Tanzanian man had been a mystery, his identity undisclosed. And when he finally testified last week in a heavily guarded courtroom in Manhattan, security was so tight that prosecutors asked the judge to instruct sketch artists to obscure his face in their drawings."  Now the world knows him as Hussein Abebe, age 46.
As explained by the NY Times, the defense is challenging the admission of Adebe's testimony on the grounds that it is not voluntary.  From the article:

Testimony revealed that the C.I.A. and Tanzanian intelligence worked closely for more than a year to track down Mr. Abebe, based on information Mr. Ghailani was providing while in C.I.A. custody.

Mr. Abebe was from Arusha, a city where his family was in mining and had access to explosives, court papers and testimony showed.

He sold the TNT to Mr. Ghailani believing it would be used for legitimate mining, he said, but he learned otherwise after seeing a televised report on the bombing of the embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Mr. Abebe kept his own role a secret for eight years, he said. Then, in 2006, he was arrested by Tanzanian authorities and questioned by them and later by the F.B.I.

An F.B.I. agent, Philip Swabsin, testified that Mr. Abebe had said he lived in constant fear of being found out. The agent recalled him saying that “one day this day would come” and that “he would have a knock at the front door.”

The times continues with something I do not full understand:

But when a defense lawyer, Peter E. Quijano, cross-examined Mr. Abebe, the witness denied ever having such fear. “I did not have worry about being arrested,” he said.

Mr. Quijano inquired further, trying to clarify the apparent contradiction, but Mr. Abebe did not change his account.

What is the apparent contradiction?  Could he have "lived in constant fear" and not have been worried about being arrested?  There is at least one way. Maybe he lived in constant fear of al Qaeda, not of law enforcement.  There is not enough information in the article to sort this out, but the contradiction does not seem to be apparent.



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