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Uzair Paracha

US judge voids Pakistani man’s conviction for aiding Al Qaeda

NEW YORK: A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday voided the November 2005 conviction of a Pakistani man for conspiring to help an Al Qaeda operative enter the United States, saying new evidence cast doubt on the defendant’s guilt. Uzair Paracha, 38, has been serving a 30-year prison term for allegedly helping Majid Khan obtain travel documents, after Khan plotted with Al Qaeda leaders to bomb underground storage tanks at Maryland gas stations. But US District Judge Sidney Stein said newly discovered statements made by…