Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bronx Martial Arts Instructor To Be Sentenced On Terror Charges

from WNBC (US: New York, NY)

Prosecutors said Tariq Shah offered to help train extremists and in recorded conversations, Shah pledged an oath, referred to as bayat, to al-Qaeda and its leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Shah pleaded guilty back on April 4. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. From 2003 to 2005, Shah had multiple meetings with an undercover FBI Agent posing as an al-Qaeda operative and recruiter. Three others also attended these meetings including a Florida doctor, Rafiq Sabir, also attended these meetings. Dr. Sabir was convicted on terror related charges for traveling to secretly provide medical assistance to wounded jihadists in Saudi Arabia. A third man, Mahmud Faruq Brent, a paramedic from Washington, also pleaded guilty earlier this year. Brent received training from Shah and also traveled to a terror training camp in Pakistan. The two met at a Mosque in Beacon New York. A fourth suspect, Abdulrahman Farhane, pleaded guilty to trying to send weapons to Afghanistan to help radicals target U.S. troops stationed there.

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