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Man Pleads Innocent in Fake ID Case

October 19, 2002

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ A man named in a 103-count indictment accusing him of generating false identification cards has pleaded innocent in federal court.

A magistrate set a Dec. 16 trial for Nasser Ahmed Ameri, who is a citizen of Yemen. Prosecutors do not want Ameri released, and claim the Immigration and Naturalization Service has a hold on him. A bond hearing is set for Wednesday, at which INS agents are to testify.

U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins said charges resulted as part of the nation’s anti-terror effort, but that he did not associate the suspect with terrorism.

Brenda English, who says Ameri is her husband’s cousin, said after the Friday morning hearing that Ameri is innocent of the allegations.

``And there’s no way he could have anything to do with terrorists,″ English said.

Ameri was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday. He is accused of possessing and using materials to make false ID cards and with being an illegal alien in possession of ammunition.

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