Three sentenced in Ohio terrorism case

Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 09:15

Toledo: Three men convicted of
plotting to recruit and train terrorists to kill US soldiers
in Iraq have been sentenced in a federal court to more than
eight years in prison.

Mohammad Amawi, 29, received a 20-year term, with
credit for three years he has already spent in custody. He
will remain under lifetime supervision upon his release, US
District Judge James Carr said. Marwan El-Hindi, 46, described
by prosecutors as the leader, was sentenced to 12 years in
prison, and given an 18-month consecutive term on an unrelated
fraud conviction.

Both men had faced a maximum sentence of life in
prison. "This isn`t a capital `T` terrorism case," Carr said.

The third man, Wassim Mazloum, 27, was sentenced to
eight years and four months in prison.

But the judge said he hoped the sentences send a
message to anyone who is tempted to even talk about harming
American soldiers.

Amawi and El-Hindi are US citizens. Mazloum came to
the US legally from Lebanon. El-Hindi was born in Jordan.
Amawi was born in the US but also has Jordanian citizenship.

Amawi, El-Hindi and Mazloum met in Toledo about five
years ago and began plotting and training to help insurgents
in Iraq, the FBI said during their trial last year.

Bureau Report




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