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Indian engineer convicted of funding Al-Qaeda by US court deported to India

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India Today has learnt that a special plane of the US brought Ibrahim to India and he has been kept at a quarantine centre. Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad was convicted and sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment including the time he had spend in jail before pleading guilty.A 40-year-old engineer and Indian citizen, who had pleaded…

India Today has learnt that a special plane of the US brought Ibrahim to India and he has been kept at a quarantine centre.

Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad was convicted and sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment including the time he had spend in jail before pleading guilty.

Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad was convicted and sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment including the time he had spend in jail before pleading guilty.

A 40-year-old engineer and Indian citizen, who had pleaded guilty before a US court in 2018 for funding a top Al-Qaeda leader, has been deported to India, sources said.

Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad in April 2018 had pleaded guilty, along with two others, for funding thousands of dollars to Anwar Al-Awlaki in an effort to support violent jihad against US military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and across the world.

India Today has learnt that a special plane of the US brought Ibrahim to India and he has been kept at a quarantine centre. Sources said that as no case has been lodged against him in India, he might be released once his quarantine period is over.

Ibrahim was convicted and sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment including the time he had spend in jail before pleading guilty. The court had also ordered that upon completion of his sentence, Ibrahim would be deported to India with a lifetime ban on entering the US again.

Ibrahim Mohammad, an Indian citizen, studied engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2001 through 2005. In or around 2006, he moved to Toledo, Ohio, and married an American citizen. He became a lawful permanent resident of the United States in or around 2007.

According to the US federal agencies, Ibrahim Mohammad acted to conceal supplying funds to Anwar Al-Awlaki in 2009. Al-Awlaki, a key leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, advocated violence against the United States and supported it and was involved in attempted terrorist attacks against civilians, according to court documents.

“After law enforcement began investigating the financial transactions involved in the funds provided to Awlaki, Ibrahim Mohammad, Asif Salim and Sultane Salim attempted to conceal the source of the funds provided to Awlaki by lying to investigators and deleting emails from their accounts that were related to the transactions,” reads the statement by the US Justice Department.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by assistant US attorneys Matthew W Shepherd and Michael J Freeman of the northern district of Ohio, and trial attorneys David Smith and Gregory Gonzalez of the National Security Division’s counter-terrorism section.

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