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Ahmed Ressam in van
SEA99122201 - 22 DECEMBER 1999 - SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, U.S.A. A van driven by U.S. Federal marshalls drives away from Seattle's Federal Courthouse December 22, headed to the SeaTac Detention Center with Ahmed Ressam inside after he pleaded not guilty to all five account handed down by a federal grand jury. Ressam, 32, is accused of making false statements, smuggling and transportating of explosives, possession of an unregistered firearm and carrying an explosive device. If convicted on all charges, Ressam could be sentenced to 40 years in prison. His trial date is set for 22 February 2000. jb/Jim Bryant UPI
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Ahmed Ressam (Arabic: احمد رسام‎; also Benni Noris or the Millennium Bomber; born May 19, 1967(1967-05-19)) was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Eve 1999.

Ressam was born in Algeria. He entered Canada in 1994 with a forged French passport. When immigration officials at the Montreal airport questioned him, he applied for political asylum, claiming persecution in Algeria. After settling in Montreal, he became a small-time criminal. At some point, he was recruited into al-Qaeda. After not attending his hearing for political asylum, his application for refugee status was denied and a warrant issued for his arrest. He evaded deportation by obtaining a passport using a false name, "Benni Noris."

After allegedly speaking to Muezzin Raouf Hannachi, Ressam used the false passport to travel to the Khalden training camp in Afghanistan in 1998 along with his roommate Mustapha Labsi.

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