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Briton sentenced to 12.5 years in US for Taleban support

Published on Jul 17, 2014 3:21 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - A US judge on Wednesday sentenced a British former website operator to 12.5 years in prison for conspiracy to provide and for providing equipment and personnel to the Taleban.

Babar Ahmad, 40, was extradited to the United States in October 2012 on charges of supporting not just the Taleban, but Chechen fighters and other related terror groups. He initially pleaded not guilty but in December changed his plea on the first two counts of the indictment - conspiring to provide and providing material support to the former Taleban regime in Afghanistan.

Judge Janet Hall sentenced him in a US federal court in Connecticut, which heard the case because websites he ran in London relied for a time on a Connecticut hosting company.

"Ahmad received 150 months of imprisonment," a court spokesman said after the hearing.

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