An Indian man was sent to prison for 27 years and six months in the United States for funding the Al-Qaeda with thousands of dollars and plotting to kill the judge who was in charge of hearing the case. According to reports, Yahya Farooq Mohammad, a 39-year-old, pleaded guilty to the two charges held against him.
According to the Scroll, Attorney Justin Herdman said “He threatened the safety of our citizens, a judge and the independent judiciary. Now he is being held accountable.”
Mohammad used to live in Ohio and was charged with sending funds to an Al-Qaeda leader named Anwar Al-Awlaki. While in the jail, he reportedly offered an inmate $15,000 or about Rs 9.75 lakh to murder the judge. The inmate connected him to an assassin, who was in fact in undercover FBI agent. NDTV reports that his family paid $1,000 as down payment to the “assassin”. Following the completion of his sentence, he will be deported.
Mohammad was arrested back in 2015 along with three others. The trio are still awaiting trial. According to the Scroll, one of the accused is Mohammad’s brother.
An NDTV report says, Mohammad arrived at the United States to study at Ohio State University in 2002. He married a US citizen in 2008.