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UPDATE: Feds seek more time to give evidence in bomb plot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are requesting more time to share evidence with lawyers for a man accused of trying to drive a van carrying what he thought was a bomb onto the tarmac at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

A filing Friday also asks a federal judge the court to designate the case against avionics technician Terry L. Loewen as complex. The designation eases speedy trial concerns and gives both sides more time to prepare for a later trial. The trial is now set for Feb. 18.

The 58-year-old Wichita man was arrested Dec. 13 following an undercover sting operation. Charges include attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted material support to al-Qaida.

Prosecutors are also seeking a hearing next month about the handling of classified information during court proceedings.

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Federal prosecutors want to shield some evidence in the case of a Wichita man accused of plotting a suicide bombing at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, where he worked as an avionics technician.

A filing Thursday asks the court to limit who can see formerly classified information that has been declassified in order to prosecute 58-year-old Terry Loewen.

Prosecutors allege Loewen tried to get what he believed was a car bomb onto the tarmac on Dec. 13. Charges include attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted material support to al-Qaida.

The government wants to protect identities of undercover agents and use of sensitive sources and methods.

Prosecutors say Loewen gave the FBI a statement that encompasses five DVDs. It has already disclosed 948 pages of reports and 636 photographs.

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