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Three Men on Trial in Paris for Alleged Terror Links

Three men have gone on trial in Paris on terrorism charges for their alleged links to convicted shoe-bomber Richard Reid.

The defendants, two Frenchmen and a Pakistani, face up to 10 years in prison. Lawyers for the men say their clients are innocent.

Officials say the Pakistani defendant Ghulam Rama, who heads a Muslim charity, Straight Path, recruited the two Frenchmen to fight a holy war abroad.

The defendants are accused of aiding Richard Reid, who was sentenced to life in prison in the United States for trying to blow up a Paris-to-Miami airliner in 2001.

The Pakistani defendant told the court Wednesday that his frequent trips abroad were for personal or business reasons, not to recruit fighters, as the prosecution has charged. A fourth defendant also went on trial, but the terrorism charges against him were dropped. He is accused of immigration violations.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.