NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- Syed Hashmi, the first terror suspect extradited from Britain to the United States to face charges, was given 15 years in prison Wednesday, U.S. officials said.
U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in New York meted out the stiffest sentence possible to Hashmi, also known as "Fahad," the U.S. attorney's office said in a release.
Hashmi, 30, a Pakistani native with U.S. citizenship who once attended Brooklyn College in New York, pleaded guilty April 27 to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaida. He was arrested June 6, 2006, at London's Heathrow Airport shortly before his flight was to leave for Pakistan.
The indictment against Hashmi alleged that in 2004 he provided equipment to others who then transported it to a senior al-Qaida military commander in South Waziristan, Pakistan. Hashmi also was accused of providing money to a co-conspirator who planned to deliver some of the equipment by hand to the al-Qaida military commander in Pakistan.