FBI handler to testify in Fort Dix trial

October 27, 2008 7:27:50 AM PDT
The FBI's investigative methods are likely to be scrutinized Monday in the trial of five men accused of planning a terrorist attack on the Army's Fort Dix. Government prosecutors say they will call John Stermel to testify as the trial enters its second week of testimony. He's the FBI agent who handled informant Mahmoud Omar during a 16-month investigation in 2006 and 2007.

Omar himself is to testify next - though that might not begin until Tuesday.

Defense lawyers say that it was Omar who tried to plot an attack - not their clients. No attack happened.

The suspects - all foreign-born Muslims in their 20s who spent years in Cherry Hill - are all charged with conspiracy to kill military personnel and attempted murder.

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