New Trial Rejected For Egyptian In 1990 NY Killing

Published January 13, 2012 12:18AM (EST)

NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian man who introduced terrorism inspired by Islamic extremism to U.S. shores when he assassinated an anti-Arab rabbi at a New York City hotel in 1990 has lost his bid for a new trial.

El Sayyid Nosair's (ehl SY'-ihd noh-SEHRZ') claim he discovered new evidence to overturn his 1995 conviction was rejected in an order made public Thursday.

Nosair is serving a life sentence after he was convicted of seditious conspiracy for conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government through acts of terrorism.

A federal judge says Nosair didn't file his claims in a timely manner. The judge also says "mountains of evidence" demonstrated Nosair's role in the conspiracy.

Nosair was arrested after shooting Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane (meh-EER' kah-HAH'-nuh).

By Salon Staff

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