NEW HAVEN, CONN. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal prosecutors in Connecticut are seeking a 25-year prison sentence for a British citizen who pleaded guilty to supporting terrorists through websites.
According to court papers filed this week, prosecutors said Babar Ahmad supported Chechen fighters, the Taliban and al-Qaida with websites that sought cash, military equipment and personnel.READ MORE: NYC Teachers Union Concerned About Potential Staffing Issues As Vaccine Deadline Approaches
Prosecutors described the websites as among the first of their kind and called Ahmad’s support “robust, far-reaching and virtually unparalleled.”
Ahmad’s attorney argued the 10 years his client already spent in prison are enough punishment. He said Ahmad was trying to help Muslims under attack in Bosnia and Chechnya and that he deeply regrets his support for the Taliban in Afghanistan.READ MORE: Tony Awards Take On New Meaning As Broadway Stages Big Comeback
According to his attorney, the case is being closely watched in the Muslim world to see if a fair sentence will be imposed in July.
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