facebook
twitter
search
search

Md. man pleads guilty to aiding terrorists

May 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

PHILADELPHIA, May 4 (UPI) -- A Maryland resident pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, the Justice Department said.

The guilty plea from Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, a Pakistani citizen and U.S. lawful permanent resident who lives in Maryland, arises from his participation in a scheme to support, recruit and coordinate members of a conspiracy planning to wage jihad in and around Europe, the Justice Department said in a release.

Khalid was charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists in a superseding indictment returned Oct. 20. He could be sentenced up to 15 years in prison and fined up to $250,000.

Court documents indicate from 2008 through July 2011, Khalid and co-defendant Ali Charaf Damache -- who is being tried in Ireland on unrelated charges -- conspired with Colleen LaRose, Jamie Paulin Ramirez and others to provide support and resources such as logistical and financial support, recruitment services, identification documents and personnel, to a conspiracy to kill overseas.

The guilty plea was before U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

"Today's plea, which involved a radicalized teen in Maryland who connected with like-minded individuals around the globe via the Internet, underscores the evolving nature of violent extremism today," Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korean diplomats sending their children to mental hospitals
Catholic Church in Norway ordered to pay $5.1 million for fraud
Report: North Korea executed over 1,300 people
Shark bite confirmed off North Carolina shore
Ex-Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening seeks forgiveness from God