5 El Rukn Members Convicted

Associated Press

Five members of the notorious El Rukn street gang were found guilty today of conspiring to blow up airplanes and U.S. government buildings as part of a terrorism-for-hire scheme to win $2.5 million from Libya.

The U.S. District Court jury returned the verdict after six days of deliberation following a five-week trial. The five defendants had contended that the El Rukns were a religious organization that planned no violence and met with the Libyans only to raise money for a mosque. Federal authorities said the gang initiated the contact with the Libyans and that none of the terrorist acts discussed in tape-recorded conversations actually took place.

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