Financial agent of Times Square bomber sentenced

Mohammad Younis, 45, had provided USD 7,000 to Shahzad, a Pakistani immigrant who drove up a bomb-laden SUV to Times Square in May 2010 and unsuccessfully tried to detonate it.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2011, 11:03 AM IST

New York: A Pakistani man, who inadvertently
helped fund the failed Times Square bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad last year, has been sentenced to three years
probation.

Mohammad Younis, 45, had provided USD 7,000 to Shahzad, a
Pakistani immigrant who drove up a bomb-laden SUV to Times
Square in May 2010 and unsuccessfully tried to detonate it.

Authorities say Younis was not aware of the intended use
of the funds, though they consider his "unlawful money
transmission... a financial bridge into the United States."

He was ordered to pay a USD 2000 fine by Manhattan
federal Judge John Keenan, who said Younis` case "is
illustrative of the reason" why the informal overseas banking
system known as "hawala" is prohibited in the United States.
At his sentencing today, Younis, a legal permanent
resident of the United States, offered a brief apology saying
"I`m totally sorry for what I did."

"I did something against the law. But I can tell you one
thing: it will not happen ever again," he said.
Shahzad had pleaded guilty and is serving a life
sentence.

Prosecutors had said that there is no evidence that
Younis was aware that the money he was providing to Shahzad
was going to be used for the terror plot.

But the indictment against him said he arranged to have
the money delivered to Shahzad through the informal
money-transfer system.

According to his indictment, Younis had arranged for the
money transfer at the direction of a co-conspirator in
Pakistan.

Younis was seeking leniency in his sentencing saying he
hopes to avoid jail term for the sake of his family.

PTI