Pinellas terror suspect plans entrapment defense - FOX 13 News

Pinellas terror suspect plans entrapment defense

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A terror suspect from Pinellas Park is preparing his defense for trial. The FBI arrested Sami Osmakac last year. He's charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Prosecutors say Osmakac was plotting a series of bomb attacks in Tampa. His lawyer George Tragos, of Tragos & Sartes, will argue that Osmakac is a victim of FBI entrapment.

"The government basically planted this in his head, provided him all the facilities to do it, and that he never intended to do it, short of the government's influence on him," Tragos told FOX 13.

Documents filed by the government in federal court detail the undercover FBI sting. The documents say a paid confidential informant secretly recorded conversations in which Osmakac talked about specific targets.

Prosecutors say he asked the informant to help him get firearms and explosives. The informant introduced him to the undercover FBI agent.

Osmakac allegedly paid him a $500 down payment for an AK-47, grenades, and an explosives belt. The complaint also says the undercover agent showed Osmakac how to use what he thought was a car bomb, and that he was ready to use it the day he was arrested in January 2012.

"The government gave him the money to do it. The government gave him the materials to do it. The government supplied everything," said Tragos. "He didn't do a thing, except for talk."

Osmakac appears in several YouTube videos. In some, he espouses the virtues of Islam, while condemning other religions. In other videos, he gets into confrontations over religion.

"The infidels, the Christians, the Jews, the pagans, the Hindus, the Buddhists, the atheists, they're the worse of creation," Osmakac says in one of the video posts.

Terror suspects have used the entrapment defense 11 times in federal court since 9/11, and it has never worked.

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