CHICAGO, June 8 (UPI) -- A federal judge Friday sentenced a Chicago cab driver to 7 1/2 years in prison for providing funds to an alleged terrorist leader in Pakistan.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel sentenced Raja Lahrasib Khan to 90 months followed by lifetime supervised release for giving $500 to $550 to Ilyas Kashmiri, a leader of the Kashmir independence movement, which is affiliated with al-Qaida. Khan, a Pakistani emigrant, met Kashmiri in the early to mid-2000s and again in 2008.
A plea agreement indicates Khan wanted his money to be used in attacks against India but also knew of Kashmiri's relationship with al-Qaida.
Kahn was arrested following meetings with an undercover agent posing as someone interested in sending funds to Kashmiri to buy weapons and ammunition. Kahn gave money from the agent to his son who was traveling to Pakistan and was supposed to turn the money over to Kashmiri, the government said. The son was arrested en route in Britain March 23, 2010.