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Rally set to support tree lighting bomb plot suspect

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A group is planning to rally near Portland's tree lighting ceremony in support of the man accused of trying to bomb the event two years ago.

Organizers said they will gather at 5 p.m. Friday for a rally called "Free Mohamed Mohamud/End FBI Stings." It will take place near the Pioneer Square tree lighting ceremony, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

Mohamed Mohamud is charged with attempting to ignite a weapon of mass destruction. His trial is scheduled for January.

Mohamud is accused of working on the bomb plot with two undercover agents, even supplying them with bomb parts, according to a prosecution memo.

The defense does not dispute Mohamud's involvement, but they argue the teen, now 21, was entrapped by FBI agents.

Organizers of Friday's rally, Portland Copwatch and the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, said Mohamud needed help emotionally, but instead was helped by the FBI in hatching a phony plot.

Organizers said Mohamud has already spent two years behind bars and should be freed.

His trial is scheduled for January.

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