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Fake Terror: Men Accused of Terrorist Acts Released from Jail

WTEN News 10 | August 26 2004

Their release came one day after a federal judge reversed his initial decision to keep them behind bars. As of Wednesday night, they were home with their families. Earlier that day, the two men took some time to talk to the media about their case.

34-year-old Yassin Aref and 49-year-old Mohammad Hossain left Rensselaer County Jail early Wednesday evening. Hossain maintains he never planned to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat with a shoulder to air missile. He said he thought it was a joke, even though the informant allegedly showed him the missile.

While F.B.I. translators now say an address book found in a book in Iraq listed Aref as a "brother" and not a "commander," Aref said he was "famous" in his old country and anyone could have claimed to know him. Aref maintains he does no know how his name ended up in the address book or who it belonged to.

Houssain and Aref are both strapped with electronic transmitters. Houssain says he does not have a problem with the transmitter because he respects the legal system in the United States.

Both Houssain and Aref stated they do not want the Capitol Region to pass judgement on the Muslim Community.