NY Businessman Gets 10 Years for Terror Funding
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21: A protester wears handcuffs in support of Guantanomo Bay detainee and convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks April 21, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Hicks was convicted and sentenced to nine months in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of providing material support to terrorism. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
A New York businessman who pleaded guilty to trying to funnel money to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan has been sentenced to just over 10 years in prison.
Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari was sentenced Monday to 121 months.
He had pleaded guilty in September to charges of terrorism financing and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He faced up to 20 years in prison.
The 56-year-old Westchester resident was accused of accepting an unspecified amount of money to transfer $152,000 that he believed was being sent to Pakistan and Afghanistan to support the camp.
Prosecutors said he believed the money would be used to buy night vision goggles and other equipment.
Published at 2:13 PM EDT on Apr 19, 2010
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