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ATLANTA — Lawyers for two young men charged with providing material support to terrorists want various charges against their clients dismissed and certain conversations with police and evidence seized suppressed. A flurry of motions were filed by defense lawyers for Syed Ahmed and Ehsanul Sadequee in federal court in Atlanta on Monday. The government, meanwhile, filed a motion seeking to force defense lawyers to say whether they plan to argue their clients were insane or acting on behalf of a U.S. law enforcement agency at the time they allegedly committed the acts for which they are charged. The government also wants to know if the lawyers plan to present an alibi on behalf of their clients for the time of alleged meetings the two are accused of having with unindicted coconspirators in the case. Ahmed’s lawyer, Jack Martin, declined to comment Tuesday on the government motion, saying he would respond in writing soon. A lawyer for Sadequee, Don Samuel, said he has no intention of arguing insanity or that his client was acting on another law enforcement agency’s behalf. Sadequee and Ahmed are accused of discussing terror targets with Islamic extremists and undergoing training to carry out a “violent jihad” against civilian and government targets, including an air base in suburban Atlanta. Authorities say the men’s motivation for planning attacks was “defense of Muslims or retaliation for acts committed against Muslims.” Both are U.S. citizens. They have pleaded not guilty. During a hearing last month, a prosecutor alleged that Sadequee wanted to join the Taliban after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks while the United States was at war with the Islamic radical movement. Sadequee never joined the Taliban or traveled to Afghanistan, his lawyers have said. In the motion to dismiss various counts in the indictment, the defense lawyers argue there are procedural or technical problems with the charges. There also was a defense motion filed to suppress statements Sadequee made to law enforcement officers when he was questioned at a New York airport while waiting to catch a connecting flight to Bangladesh. His attorney says the officers used deception to get him to talk to them, constituting an unlawful detention. Another defense motion filed on similar grounds seeks to suppress evidence seized from Sadequee’s luggage. Ahmed’s lawyer has filed a motion seeking to suppress some of Ahmed’s statements to police. Ahmed, 21, was born in Pakistan and was a Georgia Tech student at the time of his arrest. Sadequee, 20, born in Virginia and of Bangladeshi descent, has relatives in the Atlanta area. Both are being held without bail pending trial.

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