SeaTac man convicted of terror plot is now trying to vacate sentence



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Posted on September 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 10:48 PM

SEATTLE -- Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, the SeaTac man who admitted plotting a terrorist attack on a Seattle military building in 2011, filed a motion in U.S. Federal Court Friday to have his 18-year sentence vacated.

In his handwritten filing, Abdul-Latif alleged his public defense attorneys "coerced" him in to a plea deal, kept evidence from him and failed to contact a witness he believed was "crucial" to his case.

Abdul-Latif was one of two men caught in an undercover sting buying guns and grenades from an informant. Defense attorneys claimed their client was entrapped by an informant who was paid $100,000. In addition, hundreds of text messages were deleted by the informant despite requests by federal prosecutors.

In his motion, Abdul-Latif claimed his lawyer "badgered and harassed me" into accepting a plea deal he did not want.  He also contended his legal team "quit working" for him.

Abdul-Latif also wrote he never saw a large portion of the evidence against him until after accepting his plea, and that a "crucial" witness was never contacted.

That witness is Faheem Saddiq, who volunteers in local prisons with the Washington Islamic Chaplain Organization.  Saddiq was told by the main informant in the case, Robert Childs, that Abdul-Latif was set up and "asked for it."

Tuesday, Saddiq denied any such conversation.

"The only thing Mr. Childs told me was that he'd been involved with law enforcement in trying to stop [the attack] from happening," Saddiq told KING 5.

"Why would he even divulge that to me," he continued, "It makes no sense."

Federal defender Jennifer Wellman said Tuesday she could not comment on her former client's filing, only to say the office is no longer working with Abdul-Latif.