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Topics US news. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Murder appeal hinges on informant By Lisa Redmond, lredmond lowellsun. Rodwell's trial for the murder of a small-time drug dealer who was also the son of a then-Burlington police captain, an informant at the House of Correction in Billerica claimed Rodwell bragged about the murder of Louis Rose Jr.
I didn't hesitate. That's what an animal I am," David Nagle testified that Rodwell told him during Rodwell's murder trial. But at a motion hearing scheduled for Friday morning in Middlesex Superior Court, Rodwell's defense attorneys will continue to appeal that year-old murder conviction.
The appeal alleges that prosecutors at the time hid damaging details about Nagle, including his lengthy criminal history and his status as a paid government informant, which could have impacted the jury's view of Nagle's credibility and the decision to convict Rodwell of firstdegree murder.
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Rodwell, 58, formerly of Burlington, is currently housed at the medium-security facility at MCI-Concord. He continues to deny he killed Rose. The Middlesex District Attorney's Office maintains that Rodwell's conviction has already been upheld on appeal. It was not safe to drive after dark, let alone walk, but Sandra and Tahani were desperate.
Sandra had grown up in Providence, Rhode Island; after leaving there on a backpacking trip in , at age 21, she never stopped traveling. She later married a Sudanese economist, Ali Mansour, and together they lived and worked around the world, raising Naji and his three siblings to view their blue US passports as a ticket to a global life. For several months, Naji had been repeatedly interviewed by American authorities, detained and interrogated by Kenyan counterterrorism police, and ultimately forced into exile in Juba.
Now he had vanished into a basement dungeon. When Sandra and Tahani reached the blue warehouse, it appeared deserted. They circled it, then attempted to scale a back gate. He was locked up about five miles away in another blue building, a Sudanese intelligence facility near a rocky outcropping called Witch Mountain. There, he was questioned repeatedly about whether he had ties to terrorism or Al Qaeda.
The agent told Naji that he could end his nightmare. Instead, American citizens were locked up abroad and interrogated by US agents in a manner that seemed designed to bypass their constitutional rights. The FBI acknowledges that foreign governments sometimes arrest Americans based on information the bureau provides. But as Naji discovered, the US government can do more than land you in prison overseas.
As his father worked his way around the globe as an economic consultant to governments and businesses, Naji attended grade school on an American compound in Saudi Arabia and part of high school in a Crusades-era castle complete with a moat in Malta. When he was 20, the family visited Nairobi on a vacation, and they moved there for good later that year.
All four Mansour children attended American colleges Naji went to the University of Rhode Island for a year , and two of them now live in the United States. But in , Naji dropped out of school and married a young Ugandan named Shamila. In , Naji and Shamila divorced.
Soon after, he married Nasreen and they started a family together in Nairobi. Naji spent working for a tech company in Dubai. A week after returning home from Dubai, he got a call from a guy named Muhammad whom he barely remembered. Could you put them up?
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The men had arrived. But they seemed to do little other than hang around. They prayed. After a week, Naji gently inquired when Berjawi and Sakr would be moving on. They told him they were waiting for their families to wire some money to continue their travels and research. Around 2 p. Naji and Nasreen were out. She called Naji and Nasreen as the police burst into the compound, arresting Berjawi and Sakr and confiscating computers belonging to Naji. Some of the detainees were militants affiliated with the Islamic Courts Union, which spawned al-Shabaab, the terrorist group that pledged fealty to Al Qaeda in But many were simply refugees attempting to escape the violence.
Now Naji called on Kimathi for a favor. Then Naji turned himself in for interrogation. Nasreen was also arrested; she was held for 30 hours before being released without charges. The two men were deported to the United Kingdom, where they had grown up, but soon returned to Africa. In , the UK revoked their citizenship for alleged ties to terrorism, and both were later killed by US drone strikes in Somalia—where, the British government said, they had joined al-Shabaab.
Naji was questioned about his ties to the would-be terrorists, whom he told his interrogators he barely knew. They also confronted him with terrorism-related files that were discovered on his computers. Some were mundane, such as research papers and think tank studies about Islamic extremism, but others were more suspicious, like martyrdom videos and al-Shabaab propaganda. Naji said that he was no terrorist, but was fascinated by the causes of terrorism and curious about how the religious doctrine of jihad was used to justify it; in his spare time, he spent hours doing online research.
Following two days of questioning, the Kenyan authorities let Naji go. Sandra suggested that he reach out to the US Embassy, where she had many contacts, to report what had happened and clear up any suspicions about his ties to Berjawi and Sakr.
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She connected him with a diplomatic security officer named Michael Fogarty. Roberts, in turn, ducked out and came back with two FBI agents. The shorter, dark-haired one introduced himself as Mike Jones. This is a pseudonym. Naji recounted the story of how Berjawi and Sakr had come to stay with him, but the agents asked few questions about them.
Omar is currently being prosecuted in Uganda for helping orchestrate the bombings in Kampala that targeted soccer fans watching the World Cup finals. Naji said no. After about an hour, the conversation wrapped up; Naji agreed to sit down with Roberts again later that week.