Judge questions prosecutors claim against UK man

A US federal judge preparing to sentence a British citizen for supporting terrorists in Afghanistan challenged prosecutors on their claim that his support extended to Al Qaeda.

New Haven (US): A US federal judge preparing to sentence a British citizen for supporting terrorists in Afghanistan challenged prosecutors on their claim that his support extended to al Qaeda.
Judge Janet Hall said today Babar Ahmad`s support for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan did not necessarily mean he supported al Qaeda. She cited the testimony of a government cooperating witness who denied Ahmad supported al Qaeda.

Prosecutor Stephen Reynolds says Ahmad sent people to terror training camps run by al Qaeda. He says Ahmad was not a member of al Qaeda but became sympathetic to the terrorist group.
Hall is weighing the scope of Ahmad`s conduct for his sentencing next week.

Prosecutors say he deserves a 25-year sentence, calling his support far-reaching. Ahmad`s attorney says prosecutors overstated the case and the 10 years he already has served in prison is enough.

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