ATLANTA, June 2 (UPI) -- A Georgia Tech student on trial on terror conspiracy charges led a group of young men planning to go to a camp in Pakistan, an FBI agent testified Tuesday.
Syed Haris Ahmed, 24, faces as much as 15 years in federal prison if he is convicted, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. James Allen, a special agent with the FBI, told jurors information gathered from his computer and others showed he coordinated plans to travel to Pakistan for training in jihad, or holy war.
In opening statements Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McBurney said Ahmed is not charged with any overt terrorist acts but with providing "material support" to terrorists, CNN said. He told jurors, however, that he was moving toward violence.
Jack Martin, Ahmed's lawyer, described him as a young man without strong religious models in his life who turned to the Internet for guidance. He called his plans "childish fantasies."
Ahmed, born in Pakistan, is a U.S. citizen.
An alleged co-conspirator has been convicted in Britain, and others are awaiting trial in Canada and Georgia.