Va. Man Gets 12 Years For Helping Terrorists | News
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A man who lived in Woodbridge has been sentenced for providing material to a terrorist organization.
According to authorities, 24-year-old Jubair Ahmad, who is a native of Pakistan but a Woodbridge resident, was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.
Authorities say Ahmad helped promote online propaganda for Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT). Ahmad also conspired to recruit others and raise funds for the organization.
LeT was responsible for the 2008 attack in Mumbai, India that killed 160 people, including two people from Virginia. It's the military arm of the political movement Markaz al-Dawa wal-Irshad in Pakistan," according to the United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Virginia.
According to court records, Ahmad attended LeT training camps as a teen in Pakistan. In 2007, he got a visa and moved from Pakistan to the United States with his family.
Ahmad pleaded guilty to charges last year, admitting that in September 2010 he communicated with Talha Saeed, the son of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who is the leader of LeT. Talha Saeed asked Ahmad to make a video containing a prayer by Hafiz Saeed calling for the support of jihad and the mujahideen. He also told Ahmad to put violent images on the video while the prayer played in the background. Talha Saeed told him to search for "Lashkar-e-Taiba" on YouTube to find images of mujahideen operations to put in the video.
Later that month, Ahmad uploaded the video to a YouTube account. He then contacted another person overseas and explained that "Hafiz Saeed's son Talha Saeed" had requested him to prepare the video. A forensic examination by the FBI confirmed that Ahmad had made the LeT video on his computer.
At his sentencing, the government presented evidence that Ahmad expressed intention to return to Pakistan for the LeT commando training course and to be launched on a martyrdom mission.