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Defense: FBI wiretaps in terror case hard to decipher

Posted May 24, 2010 1:05 p.m. EDT
Updated May 24, 2010 1:38 p.m. EDT

— Attorneys for seven Triangle men accused of terrorist activities said Monday that they're having a difficult time understanding audio recordings the FBI made in the case.

Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, his sons, Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 20, and four other men – Hysen Sherifi, 24, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, Ziyad Yaghi, 21, and Anes Subasic, 33 – were indicted in July on charges that they plotted to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas.

An eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, is believed to be in Pakistan.

Daniel Boyd and Sherifi also are charged with planning an attack on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va.

Sherifi's attorney, Robert McAfee, asked that the trial, scheduled for Sept. 27 in New Bern, be delayed because the evidence turned over by prosecutors is very disorganized.

The FBI taped about 750 hours of conversations between the men, and McAfee and other defense attorneys said it's hard to determine who is speaking in the tapes, especially since four languages – English, Arabic. Croatian and Albanian – are spoken during the conversations.

A team of eight people have been working seven days a week for the last three weeks to transcribe the recordings, and officials said about 200 hours still need to be transcribed. Twelve transcripts had to be returned for corrections.

Prosecutors said the government expects to pay more than $100,000 to examine 24 computer hard drives seized in the case.