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Brief: Date Set for Kidnapping Trial

Five St. Thomas men charged with kidnapping a man twice and abandoning him in area warehouses in July 2009 are scheduled to face a jury of their peers on June 8.
Abdel Alnobani, Yazid Azzam, Zatar Abdullah, Jafar Abdullah and Omar Abdullah – all in their 20s – all face charges of kidnapping, first-degree assault and using a dangerous weapon in the commission of a crime of violence in connection with the July 15, 2009, abduction of a local man they accused of stealing a pallet of expensive tiles.
“This case has been hanging around for a while, and I’d like to get it started by June 7,” said V.I. Superior Court Judge James Carroll III Tuesday, setting the date for jury selection ahead of the June 8 trial.
Tuesday’s proceedings underscored the international nature of St. Thomas. Predicting a four-day hearing, Carroll listened to appeals from attorneys for Spanish and Arabic translators, depositions of uncooperative witnesses in Palestine, and criminal records from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
Prosecutor Brenda Scales said the government would offer a plea agreement to the defense by Friday.

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