Jewish World Review Jan. 26, 2011 / 21 Shevat , 5771
Caught Miami man in court for attempting to arm West Bank terrorists
By Jay Weaver
IAMI (MCT) Cuban migrant
"If this is good, this could happen monthly," Aguila told the undercover officer,
The sting operation against Aguila, 24, took center stage in
That left Aguila standing trial on a charge of collaborating with Hamayel to possess and send the weapons — including remote-control detonators — overseas.
A jury verdict may come by week's end.
During the May meeting, Aguila told the undercover officer that Hamayel had a buyer interested in purchasing
To set up the deal, Aguila said on tape, he would be "happy with
Aguila also discussed buying grenades and improvised explosive devices for Hamayel's Palestinian contacts, according to the recording. He and Perez used code words such as "balloons" for grenades and "chairs" for IEDs.
"I'm sure he's going to bite and continue doing business," Aguila said, referring to Hamayel's buyer. "We want him to come around once in a while."
On the witness stand, Perez explained to the 12 jurors that, during the negotiations, he emphasized that the firearms were from
But it also was clear from Perez's testimony and the recordings that he dealt more with Hamayel than Aguila.
During another meeting in
Hamayel also expressed interest in buying cell-phone and remote-control detonators.
He pressured the undercover officer to provide a sample of the weapons.
They agreed to meet again the following month in
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors played a video showing Hamayel inside the vehicle, handling
Hamayel told Perez that he was interested in buying the cache for his people "over there," referring to the Palestinian Authority, which governs parts of the
After the video was shown, federal prosecutor
On the day after the "weapons flash," Hamayel told Perez that he wanted a photo of the sample so he could provide proof to his buyer. Perez gave him the photo at a Burger King — but then lost touch with him.
More than a year passed before Perez and federal agents located Hamayel. In late August, Hamayel left
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