Pak national gets 15 years in US jail for aiding Taliban

Adnan Mirza had entered US on student visa to attend local community college.

Washington: A Pakistani national, who entered the US on a student visa, has been sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment for conspiring to help the Taliban and illegally possessing firearms, a Justice Department statement said.

Adnan Mirza, 33, who entered the US on a student visa to attend a local community college in 2005 and 2006, was convicted in May 2010 following a jury trial of all nine counts charged.

Beside the imprisonment, he was also been fined USD 1,000 for each of the nine counts of conviction by Senior District Judge in Houston Ewing Werlein yesterday.

As a foreign national with student visa, Mirza was not permitted by federal law to possess firearms while in the United States, the statement said.

An FBI undercover investigation found that Mirza and others intended to send funds to the Taliban and had engaged in weekend training and practice sessions with firearms to prepare for "jihad" on six different occasions beginning in May 2006 at a location on the north side of Houston.

The investigation was conducted by the Houston office of the FBI with the assistance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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