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US man sentenced to 27 years in terror case

US man sentenced to 27 years in terror case

A 24-year-old US man from Brooklyn, New York was sentenced to 27 years in prison for conspiring to commit murder overseas and supporting terrorism.

Kaziu, a US citizen, was arrested in Kosovo in 2009. While traveling in Cairo, Kaziu sought to join Al-Shabaab, a group fighting to overthrow the government in Somalia, US prosecutors said. He tried to travel to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan and sought to buy an AK-47 on the black market. He was also seeking to attack NATO troops in Kosovo, where some US troops were stationed, according to prosecutors.

US District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn sentenced Betim Kaziu Friday. In July, a jury convicted him on four counts, including an attempt to provide support to a terrorist organization overseas.

US prosecutors said Kaziu had taken Osama Bin Laden’s words and rebroadcast them as his own on his MySpace page.

Kaziu, who has been in custody since his arrest, said that while he “may have had certain radical thoughts or opinions” but he never acted on them.

“I regret a lot of things I did in the past and I just want to go back home,” Kaziu told Gleeson before he was sentenced.

Sulejmah Hadzovic, whom the US called Kaziu’s friend, testified that the two men traveled to Cairo and wanted to wage jihad overseas, possibly in Somalia, before Hadzovic abandoned the idea and returned to the US in May 2009.

Updated : 2021-04-20 16:28 GMT+08:00