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Judge lets alleged terrorist see ailing mother

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Associated Press

A judge has granted a Chicago man awaiting sentencing on terrorism-related charges permission to leave jail to visit his ailing mother.

Court documents unsealed Monday say Shaker Masri's mother was in intensive care at a Chicago hospital. A defense filing says Rihawi Zainab was diagnosed with advanced cancer and wasn't expected to live long.

The emergency request was granted last week. But the unsealed papers don't say when or if Masri made the visit yet. The judge's order says marshals would accompany Masri and he would be shackled.

The 28-year-old was arrested in 2010 after the FBI exposed his alleged plot to attend a Somalia training camp to become a suicide bomber for the terrorist groups al-Qaida and al-Shabab.

He pleaded guilty in July and will be sentenced in December.

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