Terrorism trial in Tampa draws to a close

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Closing arguments are set in the trial of a Kosovo-born American citizen in federal court for plotting a terrorist attack in Tampa.

The trial of Sami Osmakac, continues Monday. He's the 27-year-old Pinellas County man arrested during a sting operation in 2012 in which he bought weapons, including a car bomb and an AK-47, from a man he thought was an arms dealer.

Osmakac is charged with possessing an unregistered automatic weapon and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He faces life in prison if convicted.

A psychologist retained by Osmakac's attorneys testified on Thursday he began to suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after a turbulent airplane ride in 2009. His attorney also said Osmakac suffers from depression and has below-average intelligence.

Previous Stories:

Pinellas Park man accused of bomb plot

Potential targets find terror arrest "disturbing"

Sami Osmakac's criminal complaint (PDF)

Brother says allegations are lies

Thwarted bomb suspect previously arrested

Official: Suspect met with Kosovo radicals

Suspect: "You cannot escape death"

Islamic community grateful for foiled terror plot


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