A Woodbridge man who has pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges of providing material to support terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Tayyiba was sentenced to 144 months in prison.
“We’ve seen a sharp increase in terrorists’ use of social networking services like YouTube to reach a worldwide audience,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride in a press release. “Jubair Ahmad was deeply committed to LeT’s violent aims, which he promoted through online propaganda, recruiting others, and fundraising for the terrorist organization responsible for the deadly 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, which killed 160 people, including two Virginians.”
According to court records, Ahmad was born and raised in Pakistan, where he attended LeT training camps as a teen. In 2007, after receiving a visa from the U.S. Department of State, Ahmad moved from Pakistan to the United States with his family, said the release.
Ahmad pleaded guilty to charges on Dec. 2, 2011. The press release said that Ahmad admitted in “September 2010, while at his residence in Woodbridge, he engaged in a series of communications with an individual named Talha Saeed, who was in Pakistan. Talha Saeed is the son of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the leader of LeT. Talha Saeed requested Ahmad to prepare a video that would contain a prayer by Hafiz Saeed calling for the support of jihad and the mujahideen.”
In addition, Talha Saeed instructed Ahmad to present a variety of violent images on the video while Hafiz Saeed’s prayer is heard in the background.
According to the Department of Jusice, at sentencing Friday “the government also presented evidence that Ahmad, while in the United States, also conspired to recruit others to attend LeT training camps, conspired to raise funds for LeT, and expressed his intention to return to Pakistan to complete the LeT commando training course and be launched on a martyrdom mission.”
The full press release from the United States Attorney’s Office can be viewed here.