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Trial set for man accused of plotting Tampa terror attack

TAMPA - A federal judge Friday scheduled a May trial for a man accused of plotting a terrorist attack in Tampa.

Sami Osmakac, a naturalized citizen from Kosovo, was arrested in January 2012 following an FBI sting operation. He is accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered machine gun.

Authorities said he planned to attack a busy night spot with a car bomb and then take hostages and demand the release of Muslim prisoners. The FBI says it has a video recording Osmakac made for release after the bombing.

U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven on Friday posted a notice on the docket that the trial will commence on May 27, the day after Memorial Day. She set aside 15 days of court time.

Scriven has still not ruled on several motions, including a request from the prosecution that she take extra precautions to protect the identity of an undercover agent. The trial was previously scheduled for October, but was postponed after the defense raised concerns about Osmakac’s mental competency. However, a court-appointed expert found Osmakac competent to stand trial.

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