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Alleged Aide to bin Laden Indicted

January 7, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ A top aide to the man accused of masterminding the deadly U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa has become the 12th person to be accused of taking part in a conspiracy against the United States.

Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, 40, a native of Sudan who is believed to be of Iraqi descent, was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Salim, alleged to be the finance chief for Osama bin Laden, was brought last month to the United States, three months after his arrest in Germany on a U.S. warrant charging him with murder conspiracy and use of weapons of mass destruction in an international plot to kill Americans.

Salim remains held without bail in the Metropolitan Correctional Center. His name joins 11 others on an indictment alleging a broad decade-long conspiracy against the United States.

Salim is accused of joining the conspiracy through specific acts, including trying to obtain the components for nuclear weapons.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The indictment, which also names bin Laden, says that the conspiracy was carried out through al Qaeda, an organization the U.S. government alleges engaged in terrorism and is headed by bin Laden, a fugitive.

The indictment alleges that Salim conspired with bin Laden and others to murder Americans, use weapons of mass destruction, including conventional and nuclear weapons, transport explosives and disrupt and destroy U.S. national-defense utilities.

Bin Laden is accused of orchestrating the Aug. 7 bombings at embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Twelve Americans were among the 224 people killed in the bombings.

Salim’s lawyer, Paul J. McAllister, did not return a telephone message for comment Wednesday.

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