Boston: Two men here have been charged in
a superseding indictment with conspiring to provide material
support to terror outfit al Qaeda.
Tarek Mehanna, 27, of Massachusetts and Ahmad
Abousamra, 28, who is currently in Syria, have been charged
with one count each of "conspiring to provide material support
to a designated foreign terrorist organisation".
This charge is in addition to a previous 10-count
superseding indictment that charged them with providing and
conspiring to provide material support to terrorists,
conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and conspiracy to
provide false information to law enforcement officials.
"The superseding indictment alleges that around 2001,
Mehanna and Abousamra conspired with each other to provide
material support to a designated foreign terrorist
organisation namely al-Qaeda by agreeing with their
co-conspirators to provide personnel, expert advice and
assistance, services, and other assistance," US Attorney
Carmen Ortiz said in a statement here.
The duo committed numerous overt acts that they
believed would further their objective to provide material
support to al-Qaeda.
Mehanna was previously indicted in January 2009 for
making false statements to FBI`s Joint Terrorism Task Force in
connection with a terrorism investigation.
On October 21, 2009, he was arrested on a criminal
complaint and in November was charged in a superseding
If convicted on the material support charges, the two
face up to 15 years` imprisonment each, followed by supervised
release for any term of years up to life and a USD 250,000
If convicted of conspiracy to kill in a foreign
country, Mehanna and Abousamra each face up to life
imprisonment, followed by supervised release for any term of
years up to life.