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World Trade Center Bomb Trial Begins

“On Friday, February 26th, 1993, at 12:17 in the afternoon, a light snow had begun to fall on the city, and at the World Trade Center, people went about their business like any other day … ” It is a story that federal prosecutors have told before but never in a trial concerning the World Trade Center bombing where the man accused of organizing the plot, Ramzi Yousef, was a defendant in court.

On Tuesday, as the trial of Yousef began in the federal district court in Manhattan, prosecutor Lev Dassin gave a short but impassioned opening statement, several times walking over to the defense table and pointing directly at Yousef and his co-defendant, Eyad Ismoil, as to if leave no doubt whom he was talking about.

Dassin offered no significant new information about the bombing or what might have been behind it, but told the jury it was a “straightforward” case.

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