En tidligere student ved Georgia Tech i USA, Syed Haris Ahmed (24) er funnet skyldig i å ha gitt terrorister støtte til terrorangrep i USA. Han risikerer 15 års fengsel. Forsvareren sier han var en religiøs mann på jakt etter en identitet og at det aldri var alvor.
The former student, Syed Haris Ahmed, 24, faces up to 15 years in prison for making videos of landmarks in Washington that were sent to people suspected of being recruiters for terrorist groups in Iraq and Pakistan.
Mr. Ahmed, a United States citizen born in Pakistan and raised near Atlanta, filmed brief digital videos of the Capitol, the Pentagon, a Masonic Temple, the World Bank and fuel tanks near Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia in 2005.
Prosecutors said a co-conspirator, Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, sent the videos to Younis Tsouli, suspected of being a recruiter for Al Qaeda in Iraq, and Aabid Hussein Kahn, who the authorities said had ties to terrorist groups in Pakistan.
Mr. Ahmed also discussed terrorist plots in America, including attacking Dobbins Air Reserve Base near Atlanta, the authorities said, but never posed an imminent threat.
Mr. Ahmed’s lawyer, Jack Martin, said his client’s actions were «boastful, immature talk» from a man «searching for the responsibilities of his religion, but never really entering into any deliberate conspiracy.»
Mr. Ahmed and Mr. Sadequee traveled to Canada in March 2005 and met three other targets of an F.B.I. investigation, with whom they discussed strikes against military bases, oil refineries and a Global Positioning System, the authorities said.
Mr. Ahmed then traveled to Pakistan in July 2005 as part of a plan to train with the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, although he returned to Atlanta early, according to federal authorities.
Judge William S. Duffey Jr. of Federal District Court delayed sentencing Mr. Ahmed until after Mr. Sadequee’s trial, which is scheduled to begin in August.