An Indian-origin man, accused of financing an al-Qaeda leader has pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism in the United States, AP reported on Wednesday.
Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad is one of four people accused in July 2015 of sending money to Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. Al-Awlaki was designated a terrorist and killed in a drone strike in 2011. Mohammad and Al-Awlaki had been raising money through fraudulent credit card charges since 2005.
Mohammad has been sentenced to 60 months in prison, but will receive credit for the 30 months he has already been in jail, according to local daily The Blade. United States District Judge Jeffrey Helmick told Mohammad that he would be deported to India. “You ultimately will be removed from this country and told you are not welcome back,” the judge said.
Mohammad is an Indian citizen who studied engineering at the University of Illinois till 2005, and then lived in the city of Toledo in Ohio state for a few years. He was last living with his family in the US state of Texas.
His brother Yahya Farooq Mohammad was sentenced to 27 years in prison in November 2017 for supporting terrorism and trying to kill the judge who was hearing his case.