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U.S. Jury Convicts Pakistani Man Of Conspiring With Al-Qaeda

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

A Pakistani man has been convicted by a federal court in the United States of working with Al-Qaeda to carry out bomb attacks in Europe and the United States.

A jury at the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, found 28-year-old Abid Naseer guilty on March 4 of providing material support to Al-Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device.

Naseer was accused of leading Al-Qaeda cells that planned attacks on a shopping mall in Britain, conspiring to bomb the New York subway system, and plotting to attack a Copenhagen newspaper that had printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Evidence linking Naseer to the failed Al-Qaeda plots included letters recovered during the 2011 U.S. commando raid in Pakistan where Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed.

A sentencing date for Naseer has not yet been set.

He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Naseer’s attorney said the guilty verdict would be appealed.

Naseer was arrested in Britain and extradited to the United States in January 2013.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP