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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Algerian man threatened to shoot American lawyer, trial told

Conor Kane

Published 20/02/2013 | 04:00

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Ali Charaf Damache: denies making threats

A man living in Ireland threatened to shoot an American lawyer who organised a rally denouncing terrorism in the name of Islam, a court heard.

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The trial opened at Waterford Circuit Court yesterday of Ali Charaf Damache (45), with an address at John Colwyn House, High Street, Waterford, who denies charges of threatening to kill a man in America.

Mr Damache is originally from Algeria and has been living here for a number of years.

The alleged incidents happened the day after a rally organised outside a Detroit courthouse by Michigan-based lawyer Majed Moughni, "to denounce acts of terrorism in the name of Islam," the court heard.

The court heard that a man "considered to be a Muslim extremist," appeared in a Detroit court house on January 8, 2010. He was due to be charged in relation to an attempted bombing at Detroit Airport on December 25, 2009.

To promote his rally, father-of-four Mr Moughni set up a webpage and included his office telephone number on the page.

The rally went ahead and was "considered a success and received quite a bit of publicity around the world," Michael Delaney, prosecuting, said.

In the early hours of the following day Mr Moughni received a telephone call from someone "who didn't identify himself but spoke with an Algerian accent".

At one point during the conversation, the caller said: "If you are in front of me, I would shoot you. I would put a bullet in your head."

He subsequently said: "Even in America, we will get you, you will pay."

It is the prosecution's case that the man who made the telephone call was Ali Charaf Damache.

Evidence is due to be taken today from Mr Moughni and his wife, by video-link from Michigan.

The trial is expected to last about a week.

Irish Independent

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