Two men kicked out of Yassine money laundering trial

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 5:40 PM

AUSTIN -- U.S. Marshals had to remove two men from a federal courthouse when they were caught trying to intimidate the prosecution's key witness in a high-profile money laundering trial.

Brothers Mike, Steve and Hadi Yassine are on trial at the same time. They're accused of selling cocaine and using dirty money inside nine of their downtown and Sixth Street Austin night clubs.

Security officials say the two men sat in the courtroom and stared at "Mo," the government's confidential informant. Mo is a cousin of the Yassine brothers. The FBI approached Mo five years ago to work for $4,000 a month to be a confidential source. Mo wore a wire and secretly recorded drug interactions with members of Yassine Enterprises. Mike Yassine is the owner.

U.S. Marshals had to intervene when the two men tried to intimidate the Yassine's cousin. No word on whether the men will be allowed back inside the courthouse.

Testimony continues Friday. Mo is still being cross-examined by defense lawyers.

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