Imam Trial

Jury selected in trial of Islamic cleric over alleged terrorism ties

A jury of eight women and four men plus two alternates were selected today in the Akron Federal Court trial of an Islamic cleric.  Imam Fawaz Mohammed Damra is charged with lying about alleged terrorist ties when he got U-S citizenship ten years ago.

Jurors include a gas station manager, a self-employed businesswoman, a student, a dental assistant and a telephone company worker.  The trial could take up to two weeks.  Damra could face up to five years in prison and deportation if convicted.  His supporters passed out leaflets at the Islamic Center of Cleveland asking backers to come to court.  However, the opening court session was mostly limited to attorneys and the media.