NEW YORK (AP) - An FBI informant who was set to be the star prosecution witness in a terror trial until he set himself ablaze outside the White House took the stand for the defense Thursday, saying he had sought $5 million for leading prosecutors to a Yemeni sheik he says gave Osama bin Laden money, arms and fighters.
"I deserve that," Mohamed Alanssi said through an Arabic-English interpreter. "After I chase the terrorist and I bring him here to America I deserve even $10 million."
Alanssi quickly laid out some of the government's most serious allegations against Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, who is charged with supporting al-Qaida and Hamas, and with conspiring to fund and attempting to fund the terror groups.
"He told me he gave bin Laden more than $20 million" before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Yemeni informant told jurors in federal court. "He told me he helps al-Qaida with money and arms and he send mujahedeen to Chechnya and Afghanistan."
Alanssi also charged that al-Moayad said he had given $3.5 million to Hamas.
Alanssi was the sole source of some of the government's most dramatic claims about al-Moayad, including that the sheik said he personally handed $20 million to bin Laden.
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