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TRIAL-SITE CHANGE SOUGHT FOR ALLEGED BOMB PLOTTER

Attorneys for an Algerian man accused of smuggling explosives into the United States as part of a bombing conspiracy have asked to move his trial to another city, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Saturday.

Media coverage of the arrest of Ahmed Ressam and other alleged bomb plotters has reduced the chances of obtaining a fair trial in Seattle, the attorneys wrote in a motion filed in federal court on Friday asking to shift the trial to San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Ressam, 32, was arrested by U.S. customs officers Dec. 14 as he drove off a ferry from Victoria, British Columbia, into Washington State in a car authorities said contained a nitroglycerin equivalent, four circuit boards attached to Casio watches and several forms of false identification.

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