US man gets 14 years for Al-Qaeda support
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) - A businessman who swore an oath of allegiance to Al-Qaeda and three years ago pleaded guilty to providing financial support to the international terror group has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, despite a plea from his attorney for leniency because of the risk he took by becoming an informant against the organisation.
Khalid Ouazzani, 35, who pleaded guilty in May 2010 to bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to support a terrorist group, was sentenced on Monday in federal court in Kansas City.
Federal prosecutors claimed Ouazzani provided more than US$23,000 (S$28,662) to Al-Qaeda and had pledged more, with the hope of eventually travelling to the Middle East to join the fight against the US.
In his guilty plea, Ouazzani admitted making false claims to borrow money for a used auto parts business and wiring the proceeds to a bank in Dubai. That money was used to purchase an apartment in Dubai that later sold for a US$17,000 profit, which was given to Al-Qaeda. Ouazzani also admitted sending the terror group US$6,500 from the sale of his business.