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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 08:49 GMT
Prosecutors to simulate shoe bomb
The shoes Richard Reid was wearing on board the flight in December 2001
Prosecutors say the device could have downed the plane
Prosecutors in the United States say they plan to recreate the explosive device found on the shoes of Richard Reid - the man accused of attempting to blow up an American-bound plane last December.

Richard Reid
Reid allegedly told investigators he had acted alone
The prosecutors want to use the simulation to show what damage the device might have caused if it had gone off.

They plan to submit the evidence at the trial, which has tentatively been set to start on 4 November.

Mr Reid, a Briton converted to Islam, is accused of attempted murder and attempted destruction of an airliner.

He denies the charges.


Assistant attorney Timothy Feeley unveiled the plan to Judge William Young at the Boston court during a pre-trial hearing on Monday.

Attempted use of weapon of mass destruction
Attempted murder
Attempted homicide
Placing an explosive device on an aircraft
Interfering with a flight crew (two counts)
Attempted destruction of an aircraft
Using a destructive device
Attempted wrecking of a mass transportation vehicle

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Mr Feeley gave no details of the device which investigators were trying to make resemble as closely as possible the type found in Mr Reid's shoes.

Judge Young has not yet decided whether the video-taped simulation will be admitted as evidence in court.

He gave prosecutors 60 days to give the defence details of its planned simulation and the names of experts who would testify.

He also gave the defence another 60 days after that to make similar disclosures to the prosecution.

Trial date

The judge also set 4 November as a tentative date for the beginning of the trial - although lawyers will meet again in June for another pre-trial conference.

Mr Reid allegedly tried to set fire to explosives in his shoes while on an American Airlines flight from Paris bound for Miami.

He was overpowered by passengers and sedated by an on-board doctor until the flight was diverted to Boston's Logan Airport, where he was arrested.

The FBI says it has discovered forensic evidence that indicates Mr Reid had help making the explosives.

But the alleged shoe bomber is said to have told investigators that he acted alone in building the device, using a recipe from the internet.

See also:

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18 Jan 02 | World
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21 Sep 01 | Europe
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