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Federal appeals court upholds Tarek Mehanna terror convictions

Calling terrorism “the modern-day equivalent of the bubonic plague,” a federal appeals court in Boston upheld Wednesday the conviction and 17½-year prison term handed down to a Sudbury man on charges that he helped Al Qaeda, plotted to kill Americans, and lied to the FBI.

“We do not pretend to understand why the defendant chose to go down such a treacherous path,” Circuit Judge Bruce M. Selya wrote of Tarek Mehanna, now 31.

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