US citizen gets 25 years in US Taleban case
NEW YORK (AP) - A US citizen convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the Taleban and acquire anti-aircraft missiles has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Alwar Pouryan received the mandatory minimum sentence for the anti-aircraft missile count and was spared a life sentence by US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald on Wednesday in Manhattan. The defense had asked for the minimum.
Pouryan, born in Kurdistan, Iran, to parents of Iranian Kurdish descent, and co-defendant Oded Orbach, also a US citizen, were convicted last month after a two-week trial. Orbach is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov 1.
US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement that Pouryan was "an American who was all too willing to do business with the Taleban."