Jubair Ahmad to be sentenced Friday in terror case
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - An electrician from Woodbridge deserves a 15-year prison sentence for his online efforts to support a Pakistani terrorist organization by producing propaganda videos and trying to recruit others to join, prosecutors say.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled Friday for 24-year-old Jubair Ahmad, who pleaded guilty in December to providing material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani organization that has been blamed for the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people.
Earlier this month, in a move that shows American officials' increasing concern about the organization, the U.S. offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of LeT's founder, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
He responded by calling a news conference in Pakistan, where he moves openly, and mocking U.S. efforts to capture him. In court papers arguing for a maximum sentence of 15 years, federal prosecutors at U.S. District Court in Alexandria revealed new details about Ahmad's efforts on behalf of the organization.
In addition to producing the video at the request of Saeed's son, Talha Saeed, prosecutors say he completed military training at a Lashkar camp before coming to the United States.
He tried to complete its advanced commando training but was rejected for being too young and skinny. In online conversations, he urged a woman to goad her fiance into attending Lashkar camps, and he tried to get another woman - a graduate student at Seton Hall University - to contribute money to LET.
Ahmad himself spoke numerous times of his wish to die as a martyr.
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