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Appeals court upholds conviction of US al-Qaida member

Appeals court upholds conviction of US al-Qaida member

An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a U.S. man convicted of joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush.
But the court is rejecting a 30-year prison term for Ahmed Omar Abu Ali and ordering a new sentencing hearing. Prosecutors successfully argued that the judge who imposed the sentence improperly deviated from federal sentencing guidelines that called for life in prison.
The ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals is a major victory for prosecutors in one of their most high-profile terrorism cases.
Abu Ali grew up in northern Virginia and was valedictorian of a private Islamic high school. Prosecutors say he joined al-Qaida while attending college in Saudi Arabia and discussed numerous potential terrorist attacks, including a plan to assassinate Bush.


Updated : 2021-07-24 22:43 GMT+08:00