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Masmari enters guilty plea in federal court for Neighbours Nightclub arson

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Musab Mohammed Masmari, 30, pleaded guilty to a federal arson charge on May 2. More than 750 people were at Neighbours Nightclub on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2013, when Masmari entered the club just before midnight with a canister of gasoline, doused a stairwell with it, and then lit the stairwell on fire. Before leaving the club, Masmari set the red plastic gasoline can at the top of the stairs, creating the potential for an explosion had the fire actually reached it. Luckily, due to the fast actions of the nightclub staff and two off duty military personnel that had been drinking at the club, the fire was extinguished and Masmari’s plan to burn people alive was foiled. It is no secret that I was closely involved with this case since the very moment Masmari set fire to the nightclub. My husband and I were at Neighbours celebrating the New Year’s Eve holiday and were a mere 20 feet or so away when the fl

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