TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A man scheduled to go on trial on charges that he plotted a terrorist attack in Tampa is asking taxpayers to provide traditional Arab clothing for him to wear during the proceedings in federal court.
The Tampa Tribune reports that Sami Osmakac's lawyer told a federal magistrate that his client wants to wear a robe garment called a thobe and a head wrap known as a kaffiyeh.
Osmakac was found competent to stand trial. Jury selection is scheduled to start Tuesday.
Authorities allege Osmakac plotted to blow up a popular Tampa night spot and then take hostages and demand the release of Islamic prisoners. He was arrested as part of an FBI sting.
Photo Credit 970 WFLA/S. Parker