Despite the best efforts of the local ACLU branch and other anti-American groups, Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain (aka the Moussed Mujahideen*), will remain behind bars:
The U.S Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of Yassin Aref, 37, and Mohammed Hossain, 53, who were sentenced last year to 15 years each in prison for their roles in a fake plot to attack the Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations in New York with a missile.
Both appealed their convictions of money-laundering and conspiring to provide material support to the Pakistan-based Islamic militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
The federal appeals court rejected all the defense's arguments, including that the men did not know missiles were involved.
"The evidence sufficed for a jury to conclude that Aref intended to aid in preparing a missile attack on American soil," the ruling said, concluding the same for Hossain.
During the 2006 trial, the two were found to have laundered $50,000 from an FBI informant who said he worked for the militant group.
*Why are they "moussed"? At the time of their arrest, both men were wearing the traditional Salafist beards and flowing robes. In the interim between arrest and trial, someone advised a more, er, western look: trimmed beards, suits, and well-coiffed hair.