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Informant close to entrapping would-be bomber

Informant close to entrapping would-be bomber

February 5th, 2013 in News


Attorneys for a Chicago man convicted of placing what he thought was a bomb near Wrigley Field have disclosed FBI notes that indicate agents feared an informant might entrap the suspect during their investigation.

Sami Samir Hassoun faces a prison sentence of up to 30 years at his April sentencing. The notes were released in a defense filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

The agents write that they warned the informant he either did or was "close to committing entrapment." Investigators are barred from inducing someone to commit crimes they otherwise wouldn't commit.

The notation was made in a section about Hassoun's alleged drug dealing. It wasn't clear if the note referred only to drug dealing or the bomb plot. Defense attorneys have previously portrayed Hassoun as gullible.