Judge considers bail, separate trial for explosives suspect

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TAMPA, Florida: A US federal judge will take several days to consider whether an Egyptian student accused of transporting explosives deserves a separate trial from a friend.

US District Judge Steven Merryday says he also will reconsider whether Youssef Samir Megahed should continue to be held without bail.

The judge told attorneys Wednesday he would rule within 48 hours on whether Megahed s co-defendant, Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, should be tried separately for a terrorism-related charge.

Mohamed is accused of making a YouTube video demonstrating how to convert a remote control toy into a bomb.

Both men were arrested last year in South Carolina after a deputy found loosely packed explosives in the trunk of their car. -AP

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