Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman: DEFENDING ISLAM

THE SHEIK AT THE HEART OF THE CONSPIRACY SPEAKS

After an eight-month trial, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman now sits in a Manhattan jail awaiting a jury's verdict in the case accusing him of plotting a religious war against the U.S. He and nine co-defendants are charged with conspiring to blow up the World Trade Center and other New York City landmarks. In a rare interview last week, Time correspondent William Dowell talked with the blind Egyptian cleric about the trial and his anger at the U.S.

TIME: What effect will this trial have on U.S. relations with the Muslim world?

Rahman: In general, everyone feels that it is Islam which...

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