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Lawyers for teen terrorist seek juvenile facility

Monday - 6/11/2012, 4:04pm  ET

PHILADELPHIA - Lawyers for a Maryland teen convicted in a Jihadist terror plot want him moved to a juvenile facility to await sentencing.

A federal judge in Philadelphia is considering the request after a hearing Monday for 18-year-old Mohammad Hassan Khalid of Ellicott City.

The Pakistani citizen has been in custody since his arrest last summer at age 17.

Khalid has pleaded guilty to helping an alleged terror cell in Ireland plot a Muslim holy war in Europe. The group included Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose of Pennsylvania. She's pleaded to charges she plotted to kill a Swedish cartoonist.

Defense lawyers say Mohammad needs psychological treatment at a state juvenile facility near Harrisburg.

He awaits sentencing, and faces deportation after serving his time.

U.S. officials oppose the juvenile treatment plan for financial reasons.


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