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Updated Dec 10, 2012 - 7:43 am

Jury selection to begin in Arizona imam’s death case

TUCSON, Ariz. — Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a man
accused of killing an Arizona imam over a Quran interpretation more than two
decades ago.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that selection is
scheduled Tuesday in the trial of 52-year-old Glen Francis. He is accused of
slashing and stabbing Rashad Khalifa, 54, more
than 30 times in January 1990 at the Masjid of Tucson.

Francis wasn’t arrested in the case until April 2009 when he was located in
Canada living under an assumed name. A Canadian court didn’t clear him for
extradition until 2010.

It’s believed that Khalifa, a native Egyptian and a one-time science adviser to
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, was wanted dead because of his controversial
interpretation of the Quran.

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