Fort Dix convict proclaims innocence in note

January 13, 2009 5:02:15 AM PST
One of the five men convicted last month of conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey says he and the rest of the group are innocent. In a letter he sent to the judge who oversaw their trial, Eljvir Duka wrote: A verdict has been passed but by no means does it mean that the truth of the matter has been found."

The letter to U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler, was written Dec. 26, four days after the verdict was announced, but was not posted on a court Web site until Monday.

A federal jury last month convicted the five foreign-born Muslims from the Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hill of conspiring to kill military personnel. Four of them were convicted of weapons offenses. All five men were acquitted on attempted murder charges.

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