Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Briton jailed for Taliban support

Ashfaq Ahmad, the father of Babar Ahmad, outside the Royal Courts of Justice, after an appeal against extradition was refused
Ashfaq Ahmad, the father of Babar Ahmad, outside the Royal Courts of Justice, after an appeal against extradition was refused

A British citizen has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison by a judge who said he supported the Taliban regime in Afghanistan while it was protecting Osama bin Laden.

Judge Janet Hall, in Connecticut, sentenced Babar Ahmad today to 12 years and six months but gave him credit for the 10 years he already served.

Judge Hall said Ahmad helped enable bin Laden to be protected when he was plotting the September 11 attacks by supporting the Taliban. But she said Ahmad had no knowledge of the plot and there was no evidence he supported bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist group.

Ahmad's attorney has said he publicly condemned the September 11 attacks. Ahmad told the judge he supported the Taliban because it was under attack, not because he supported bin Laden or al Qaida.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz