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B'klyn man gets 15 years sentence for attempting to 'join jihadist group in Pakistan'

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Wed, Jan 09, 2013 07:50 hrs

A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after he tried to travel to Pakistan and join a jihadist terror group.

Agron Hasbajrami, 28, an Albanian citizen legally residing in the US, was lured away from his New York City architecture career after becoming radicalized on Internet web sites preaching holy war.

According to the New York Post, Defense attorney Steve Zissou said that Hasbajrami represented yet another example of 'passionate young men deluded by a false idol', online web sites espousing 'propaganda' and radical Islam.

Hasbajrami apologized for his actions and admitted that he was 'ashamed' for his 'bad judgment of emotions'.

Brooklyn federal Judge John Gleeson noted that Hasbajrami had not renounced his plan, and actually was arrested trying to put it into action, the report said.

Hasbajrami was arrested in September 2011 at JFK airport as he tried to board a flight to Turkey while carrying with him a tent, boots and cold-weather gear.

In his passport was an Iranian visa. The feds said that Hasbajrami was headed eventually to Pakistan's western frontier to seek training from terror groups operating along its border with Afghanistan, the report added. (ANI)




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