PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal public defender grilled an undercover FBI agent on his motives when he presented a then-teenage Oregon terrorism suspect with options to serve as a good Muslim.
At Mohamud's trial on Friday, attorney Lisa Hay played at least two examples of the agent giving Mohamed Mohamud a list of choices in the car-bomb plot that culminated in his arrest in November 2010. None included backing off the plot entirely.
The bomb was a fake provided by the undercover agents posing as members of al-Qaida.
The agent denies attempting to influence Mohamud.
Mohamud's defense has said he was entrapped by the FBI.
The prosecution is trying to show that Mohamud was a threat to commit an act of terrorism without their intervention.