NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Two men tried to buy boots, winter coats and other gear for Taliban and al Qaeda soldiers fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, authorities said Thursday in announcing state-level terrorism charges.
Police say Humayoun Nabi, 27, and Ismail Alsarabbi, 32, were busted after a two-year investigation that involved confidential informants and undercover detectives.
Lawyers who represented the men at their initial court appearance this week in Queens said their clients had been manipulated by police.
“If you have to spend more than 18 months trying to get someone to send coats and shoes to the people of Afghanistan, and you have all these cops on the case, to me that sounds like entrapment,” said Ken Finkelstein, Nabi’s attorney. “If you remove the police from this, you have nothing.”