Aug. 25, 2004 – After a judge scolded officials for lack of evidence, two Muslim men accused of supporting terrorism have now been released on bail in Albany, NY. They were ordered by the judge to remain at home and have been fitted with electronic surveillance bracelets.
Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain were held in an Albany jail without bail after pleading not guilty to charges of supporting a terrorist organization, conspiring to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat and money laundering. After a sting operation, a Federal Bureau of Investigations informant claimed the men agreed to help launder $50,000 in a fake plan to kill Pakistan's United Nations ambassador. US Magistrate David Homer criticized the FBI, saying they had little evidence showing a link between the men and a terrorist organization.