Calling the U.S. government’s case against a suspected terrorist a “work of fiction,” defense lawyer Vincent Briccetti’s opening argument on Tuesday took aim at a paid informant, saying that defendant James Cromitie was entrapped into a plot to bomb Riverdale synagogues and shoot down military aircraft.

The alleged plot that ended with the arrest last year of Cromitie and three others, Briccetti yesterday told a Southern District jury, was really “a movie, produced, written, directed, starred in, and even edited by” the informant, Shaheed Hussain.

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