New York: An American court awarded 20 jail term to an Indian-origin British man for trying to set up a Al Qaeda terror module in US soil on the orders of Islamic Extremist preacher Abu Hamza.
Haroon Aswat, a Gujarati Muslim born in the UK had pleaded guilty to terror charges in March and has already served 11 years in a U.S. jail. He is said to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.
Aswat from West Yorkshire in northern England could qualify for early release in six years.
“Aswat has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for terrorism offences relating to establish a terrorist training camp in the United States,” India-born Preet Bharara, Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said in a joint statement.
“Haroon Aswat, with his co-conspirators travelled to Afghanistan to receive training from Al Qaeda,” Mr. Bharara said.
“Aswat’s conviction and the sentence imposed today-along with the other recent terrorism prosecutions by this Office, including of Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, Abu Hamza, and Khaled al Fawwaz — serve as further proof that justice in international terrorism cases continues to be delivered in American civilian courts,” he said.
Aswat had admitted conspiring with radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a camp 15 years ago in Oregon.
He was supposed to provide religious training at the camp, which prosecutors said was set up to support al- Qaeda.
Aswat was convicted of one count of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda, and one count of providing material support to al-Qaeda, the statement said.