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Gorbachev, Gay Bar Said To Be Targets in ‘Urban Terrorism’ Campaign

January 14, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were on a hit list of one of the 12 defendants charged with plotting a war of urban terrorism in the United States, prosecutors said.

A letter from prosecutors to the defense, made public Friday, details the government’s plan to introduce evidence from many crimes for which the defendants were not charged. Prosecutors sent the letter Tuesday because they are required to notify the defense what evidence they plan to show.

The letter also established a closer link between four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in 1993 and those now on trial for seditious conspiracy.

The letter said the fingerprints of the man who helped build the bomb and rented the van that carried it into the Trade Center were found on a diagram of a planned armored car robbery found on El-Sayyid Nosair in 1990.

Nosair, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and 10 others are accused of plotting to bomb the United Nations, FBI headquarters, two tunnels and a bridge. Prosecutors say the terror spree was meant to force the U.S. government to change its Mideast policies.

The first week of jury selection ended Thursday with 24 potential jurors surviving the first round of questioning.

In the letter, prosecutors claim Nosair planned to kill Gorbachev and Mubarak while each were in New York City on separate occasions.

Prosecutors also wrote that they may introduce evidence that Nosair bombed a gay bar in Manhattan in 1990 because ``homosexuality is contrary to Islam.″ Three people were injured in the blast.

Prosecutors also said they would note plots to kill U.N. Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali, Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, R-N.Y., and Jewish Defense League member Leon Kryzhonovsky as well as schemes to kidnap President Nixon and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

In November 1990, Nosair was charged in the assassination of extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane. He was convicted of weapons charges and is serving a 22-year state prison term.

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